I have Fibromyalgia. What that basically means is for the rest of my life I will have chronic pain, and take medicine for it. I would also like to mention that I am 19 years old. I’ve had pain throughout my body for a pretty large portion of my life. Recently it got so bad that I was crying at night, and visited the E.R. about 3 times in one week. One day it would be my legs, then my torso, then my arms, then my legs again, and so on. I must of had about 60 vials of blood taken from me in the course of a month or two, a cat-scan, a few x-rays, 5 morphine shots, and a few specialist. Finally they said Fibromyalgia, usually a condition that women over 35 get, rarely a Teen.
The medicine I’ve been taking for my pain is Oxycodone. I was afraid to take this regularly but my doctors insured me that a lot of people take it on the regular and are active healthy people. Even with this, I still restricted myself. I told myself that it was only going to be two 5 mg tablets every day, spaced out, no more. I discussed my fear of getting “Addicted” with my longtime Therapist, who went on to assure me that my fear was ridiculous. If you don’t have a great therapist with a sassy new york accent, I’m going to give my fellow Fibro Warriors the same pep talk. The only danger with taking a medicine like this is using it when it’s not necessary. That would be called an emotional addiction. When you have chronic pain, you have a LIGITIMATE condition that caused your doctor to prescribe a medication to help you. These disorders are often referred to as “Invisible Illnesses”, and trust me; I know how crazy that can make you feel. Your pain is real, Please, take your meds. If you are like me and have trouble, ask someone who cares and understands to remind you to take your meds when the pain gets bad. If you don’t have anyone, there are plenty of supportive apps and forums out there where you can reach out to other Chronic Pain sufferers. My very caring Boyfriend will suggest that I take another pill when he sees me having trouble, and that helps a lot. Hugs and soft head pets also helps..