Narcotic Painkillers Another Threat t...

Narcotic Painkillers Another Threat to Traumatized War Vets: Study

There are 5 comments on the HON story from Mar 6, 2012, titled Narcotic Painkillers Another Threat to Traumatized War Vets: Study. In it, HON reports that:

TUESDAY, March 6 -- Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who have psychiatric disorders, especially post-traumatic stress disorder, are more likely than mentally healthy vets to use prescription narcotic painkillers, a new study finds.

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Sheik Yerbouti

Lambertville, NJ

#1 Mar 8, 2012
Thios new campaign against vets is vile and disgusting!
ihatehurting

United States

#2 Mar 8, 2012
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
Thios new campaign against vets is vile and disgusting!
Exactly...they should read "Exit Wounds"..written by an Iraq war vet who lost his leg and also suffers with PTSD and phantom limb pain. Its an excellent book about the ordeals of getting the proper pain relief for injuries received while in service of this country. It sickens me how poorly war vets are being treated when they have risked their lives and sacrificed their health for their country. My heart really does feel sad for them. I'm so sick of people who have no idea, and I don't care if they are doctors, what it is like to have 24/7/365 days a year CHRONIC PAIN...I am a CPP and I still don't know what it feels like to have missing limbs,that still hurt badly (phantom pain) and emotional stress due to being in a War zone. I am a 21yr retired USAF vet, but I did not receive my injury in a war and have so much respect for those who have received life-changing injuries in both of the last 2 wars, or any war for that matter. Many of them are still very young and will have to live a long time with these injuries. Please give them the medication needed and deserved so they can some quality of life.

I highly recommend reading this book...bought from Amazon...good price...I think it was about $12.
ihatephantompain

New Baltimore, MI

#3 Sep 24, 2012
Dear ihatehurting
Very well said. Bless you friend. I absolutely agree. I've endured almost 70 operations, 23 broken bones, and over 1,400 days in the hospital. I'm also an above knee amputee and have excruciating phantom limb pain. My phantom foot feels like its in a crushed down position in a meat grinder with fire ants all over and in a garbage disposal. I've tried 45 meds and as difficult as it is to treat I have found something that gives me some relief but the flares ate terrible and happen weekly. My heart breaks for these Men and Women who come home with one or all limbs amputated. What dies their future hold mentally financially and physically?? Heartbreaking. Chronic pain is an epidemic and these drug abusers etc are ruining it for those who benefit and get their life back from the right combination of meds. I also hate when they ask what is your pain level from a 1 to a 10. Why I say? You do nothing whether its a 2 or 10. Burn out is what happens. Our pain needs to be treated aggressively and not a ten year process of finding the right combination.
The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#4 Sep 24, 2012
ihatephantompain wrote:
Dear ihatehurting
Very well said. Bless you friend. I absolutely agree. I've endured almost 70 operations, 23 broken bones, and over 1,400 days in the hospital. I'm also an above knee amputee and have excruciating phantom limb pain. My phantom foot feels like its in a crushed down position in a meat grinder with fire ants all over and in a garbage disposal. I've tried 45 meds and as difficult as it is to treat I have found something that gives me some relief but the flares ate terrible and happen weekly. My heart breaks for these Men and Women who come home with one or all limbs amputated. What dies their future hold mentally financially and physically?? Heartbreaking. Chronic pain is an epidemic and these drug abusers etc are ruining it for those who benefit and get their life back from the right combination of meds. I also hate when they ask what is your pain level from a 1 to a 10. Why I say? You do nothing whether its a 2 or 10. Burn out is what happens. Our pain needs to be treated aggressively and not a ten year process of finding the right combination.
Reading this post is heartbreaking to say the least. I wish I could understand your pain issues and medication that don't work for you but I do in a way. Not as severe as your issue but I have been on pain medications and they only work on the minds perception of pain. I have been on a host of all pain medications and they had so many side effects, I had to quit them. The pain medications do not work on the nerves itself but only to 'dull' the minds perception of pain. I get nerve blocks for my pain issues but the nerves do grow back after a while. The nerve block do help but I don't know if they can relate this to your issue. I understand the issues of pain and why the medical community asks stupid questions but this is all they can judge by. Yes it does take the right combination but it depends on the body and the minds perception of pain and remember, your body is still reacting to what has happened to you. Nerves do have a memory so to speak and that is what causes some of the pain issues you experience. I don't know if any of this advise helps but at least it is something to think about, anything to keep your mind off the pain. Tell these damned doctors to 'numb' the nerve pain anyway they can, is the best advise I can offer. Numb your mind to do the rest and time will respond, but I am sure you have heard this before. Yes it is frustrating to deal with pain and the constant issues it presents. I am not a doctor but this has been my experience with pain issues but remember, your issues are more severe. I am sure you have heard all the answers and I wish I could offer more sound advise, but hang in there the best way you know how. Keep the mind active and focused on healing the best way you know how. Stay strong and you have my thoughts in you pain.
Serene

Tokyo, Japan

#5 Oct 26, 2013
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) from ZTOPIX. COM about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.

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