Living with chronic pain is very difficult. If a person also has a coexisting addiction, it makes it even harder. Many people who have chronic pain and addiction become very depressed and begin to feel hopeless. They have often lost their self-esteem and the support of significant others, who may be feeling burned out by trying to be overly helpful. Healthcare providers often become confused and frustrated when none of their treatment interventions seem to work. Sometimes it’s helpful to put a face on this painful situation, so let me introduce you to Jerry.
Jerry is thirty-four years old, married man with a wife and three teen-age children. He was injured in a construction accident three years ago and has been unable to work since two months after his injury. At first Jerry was very hopeful that he would be able to return to work in a short period of time and believed that everything would be fine. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.
Although his injury was very painful and he had great difficulty even walking, his treating physician determined—without appropriate diagnostic testing—that Jerry was “only” suffering from severe muscle strain and prescribed analgesic narcotics and antispasmodic (muscle relaxing) medication. Jerry attempted to return to his job on limited duty and tried his best to cope with his increasing pain symptoms, but found it harder and harder to keep going. After two months Jerry sought legal counsel and discovered that he had the right to seek another doctor. Thus began a three-year journey of confusion and frustration.
To read the rest of Jerry’s story and find out how he found hope check out my article From Despair to Hope: A Recovery Story that you can download for free on our Article page.
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