I have dealt with both pain and depression for more than 20 years. I’m ok with both now but they have taken a toll. It seemed it was easier to get good treatment for depression than for pain. I’m guessing in this new anti opioid environment, it even harder, if not impossible to get adequate pain management. I’m part of a type or group of patients who did not contribute to the problem. I’m over 66, my pain is permanent. I’m mostly disabled by pain and will be for the rest of my life. Too far gone to be helped by the PT I did for 15 years and most exercise increases my pain level. There are no more surgeries being suggested. I’m officially receiving palliative care at a very fine pain clinic.
I don’t know what I would do if my narcotic treatment were taken away. I know many of you are facing that situation and I wonder how your coping and how it’s affecting your depression?