With all the craziness going on these days with my pain pills and the like, I have been hearing more and more about arthritis every day, and not surprisingly, most of it is false. I figured this time around I would lighten the fare a bit, and talk about some of the craziest things that people have said to me about my disease. I’m sure that many of you will be able to relate to at least one of these statements, as crazy as they are. Really, though, it’s not their fault, it’s ours – we need to get the word out about autoimmune disease!
Last time, I wrote a piece on the nightmare that getting pain medicine has become for those of us who take heavy narcotics. Due to the degenerative nature of autoimmune diseases, pain and discomfort are at the very heart of these illnesses. As you may have seen in the feedback from the previous post, it is not just me that is having an issue, and it is not just a problem here in New York.
I have to admit that I did not expect such a large response when the column went live. I knew that many of us who suffer from autoimmune disease take pain medication, but I didn’t think so many were having problems, and in so many different areas of the United States, too! California, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, and Florida, were just several of the states that people contacted me from. Despite the vast distances between these locales, the stories were nearly identical.