In this video, Dr. Prager explains why some pain manifests as a disease, affecting the entire bodily system. He uses CRPS to make this point but explains that there are other forms of chronic pain that have the same devastating effects. In essence, centralized pain wreaks havoc on the immune system, neuro-endocrine balance and the central nervous system.
Unmanaged Intractable Pain can also cause heart attacks and strokes. Living with both CRPS and IP, I face chronic struggles with my immune system, hormonal imbalances and cognitive issues. Loosing access to narcotic pain medication is a life threatening loss for millions of people suffering from debilitating chronic pain disorders and diseases. Many people with debilitating chronic pain are now facing a life threatening struggle because Dr’s are closing their pain clinics and the Dr’s still in practice can no longer prescribe the appropriate dose of medications needed to keep the physiological affects of centralized pain under control.
The Opioid Crisis should be a rallying force to overhaul our system. Instead, fear and hysteria have taken over, muddying the waters of clarity on this complicated issue. Putting the disease of addiction over the disease of pain will continue to cost us lives. Now, patients are turning to street opioids thinking they are “real pharmaceutical pills” but they are in fact synthetic drugs. Until the media starts to report the changes in prescribing laws and addresses the issue of the very real decline in opioid prescriptions, people will continue to die from street pills.
If you think you would know the difference between real and fake pills, remember that this is exactly how Prince died. He took Vicodin from the street and died with synthetic opioids in his system. The difference in totally indiscernible to the naked eye. Synthetic opioids are now the leading cause of overdose deaths in the US.
Now, we must fight to educate people on the reality of debilitating chronic pain and dispel the myths of the opioid epidemic.