As the deadline for commenting on the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain approaches (January 13), the National Pain Report continues to publish some of the interesting comments that our readers submit.
Ashley Nicole Yater-Davis lives in Weirton, WV. She is 34, married, no children. Her short and direct commentary caught our attention. Here’s what she submitted.
“Four years ago, I was your typical 30 year old woman: engaged, working 24 hour call shifts as a nurse, spending any free time with family, hobbies including running, fitness, and yes, shopping. All of that changed in less than 1 minute when I was rear ended while at a red light. Even though seat belt in place and air bag deployment, the force was enough to throw me around the center console.
Fast forward 4 years, I can no longer run, although I’m thankful to walk. My fitness level is maxed at a walk around the block. My nursing career was shoved into the less physical world of nursing education. What I am most thankful for is my dedicated husband who puts up with my agony, constant fidgeting to get comfortable during a movie, and my inability to do certain things (he gave up his love of snowboarding because I no longer can without being in bed for two days after).
Medication from my physician grants me comfort to lead my now “normal” life. It allows me to walk around the block with my husband, sit for at least 10 minutes to watch a movie, and so many things. I have tried life without medication, mainly because I feel ashamed with the stigma attached to “pain patients”. The little things that I love were made impossible (the walks, the movies, etc).
Please, don’t punish the physicians that are trying to help us lead somewhat normal lives. Don’t punish those of us loving these lives. More importantly, please don’t punish my husband by taking away what life we have.”
Last December, Terri Lewis PhD who is a frequent commentator and activist on national health policy wrote a short column for the National Pain Report which suggests ways your comments can be most effective. To read it, click here.
If you haven’t commented on the CDC Guidelines and wish to share your input, you can do so online. (Click here)