Purpose of Pain Management Doctors?

Pain management**Full disclosure, this gets a little political!**

I am starting to wonder why there are pain management doctors around and what good they actually do! Are these doctors supposed to be helping those who suffer with chronic pain or is there some other reasons for them I am not aware of? Why are patients that deal with a chronic illness that causes an incredible amount of pain expected to see the doctor that treats their illness, but also have to go to another doctor that is there to treat the pain caused from their illness? Why is the original specialist not capable enough to not just treat the illness, but also treat the pain symptoms that come along with it?

In the recent few months my pain management specialist has done absolutely nothing but give me the run around. This doctor that claims he wants to help him patients, has not only changed his story so many times, but also lied about what was said. What he has said to me during the appointments, verbally of course, were mildly different from what he put into his notes that I had never received until I finally demanded them. It does not seem to matter if you follow the directions of the doctor verbatim; they still find ways around doing what they took an oath for when they became a doctor. All physicians take what is called “Hippocratic Oath”, which forces them to uphold specific ethical standards, including medical confidentiality and Non-Maleficence, which means do no harm.

It is all over the news about what is called the “Opioid Epidemic” spreading around the country and also how the president says he wants to end the so-called “war on drugs”.  The president has claimed he wants to reduce opioid prescriptions by 1/3 of three years and the doctors are supposed to just fall in line with this insanity! The last time I DYrqFg6VwAAE4WPchecked, the president did not go to medical school and therefore does not know anything about medications and or illnesses that affect the people of the country he is supposed to care for! I do not think the doctors are going to fight for their patient’s well-being against the government and risk losing their medical licenses.

I can completely understand that there are people out there that abuse drugs of all different types. I do not think that those that need pain relief should be punished for another person’s abuse because the fault does not lie on the one in need; it lies on the one who has abused the drugs in the first place! If there is someone who has a true and well-documented reason from a medical professional for needing pain relief, they should not ever be scrutinized about this! Those living in pain never asked for this to happen to them and we all wish there was a different option, but we do what we have to do to continue living as normal of a life as we can. When a doctor tells a patient what is needed to continue care, the doctor should not change their minds multiple times and force the patient to go to other doctors and spend money they do not have, just to have the doctor say it isn’t good enough! In my opinion, they are failing drastically is the oath they took!

Looking at the big picture, I know that I really cannot blame the doctors completely because they are doing what they have to do in order to protect their jobs. They are following the laws that are put in place by the people who have absolutely no idea how to treat people! Doctors are listening to those in Washington DC that are on some kind of hne_pain_and_suffering_power trip, trying to fight a war that was created by the government! Logically, how else would all these drugs get onto the streets causing deaths across the nation? The people in this world who suffer are not being taken care of, but they are being mistreated and forced to handle the pain that is ruining their lives daily! A person that suffers from terrible pain has a hard enough time getting out of bed every day, so how can they be expected to do the normal daily things many can do without having any kind of relief from the pain they are inflicted with?

Thinking back about 10 years ago, my specialist who fully knew what I was dealing with was full capable to deal with my pain issues as well without sending me to another expensive doctor. What has changed and why did it change? It was not until recently, those at the top felt it was necessary to crack down on everyone. Pain apparently does not matter if a person is battling cancer, which is slowly killing them each day; they are going to have their pain medicine taken from them. Or what about those dealing with a chronic illness that is slowly taking away their mobility and affecting their day-to-day lives. Why should anyone that does not understand be able to be the judge on what is necessary for that person? Why should anyone be able to make a law that will take away a one-third of people’s rights to a pain-free life? How would the people making the laws, feel if they or someone they loved had to live in pain or would that just be different because it is closer to home for them?

As y’all can tell by this post, I have had a difficult couple days and I am beyond frustrated. My pain is at a high right now and is only getting higher when I have to deal with the doctors! Nothing is making sense to me right now, but I do see the changes being made at the top are doing nothing good for the country! It really makes me sad to see how only one single man can take a country to an extreme low!  I know some are going to disagree with me and that is okay, we are all entitled to our own opinions and I hope nothing I have said offended anyone.

I do really appreciate you taking the time to read this post and I look forward to your comments. I hope y’all have had a great week and the good news is it is almost Friday!  I hope y’all have a nice and relaxing evening. As always, I am sending all of you lots of love and comfort!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

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Continued headaches and pain!

happy-friday-eve-walking-into-work-like-i-own-the-placeHappy Friday Eve Y’all! I hope you have had a good week and are ready for the much-needed weekend! It seems to have been a long week and I even missed a day of work due to my headaches and pain. I have no answers, only speculation as to what causes my headaches and or pain. As y’all already know, I do not like to give into these issues because it does not ever help and I prefer to push myself further. 

I always lean towards blaming the weather for any pain issues I have and the weather really has been all over the place. It was only last week when it was sunny and warm, but now this week has had a terrible chill in the air and vast amounts of rain. My body does not handle when there is a bitterness in the air because I tend to become very stiff. Then when you add the rain to the mix, I feel every pain possible and more.  Even though I am so thankful for the weekend, it is supposed to rain all weekend. Luckily I will be able to combat the chilly rainy weather by staying inside and under a warm blanket all weekend! 

Stress is a very obvious pain trigger for me. I am pretty sure all of you reading this know how much stress intensifies pain and headaches. I am working on controlling my stress forgive ourselvesbetter. It sounds crazy, but I am the type of person that will stress about being stressed and wonder what I am doing wrong! I think that one way to reduce and manage stress is to set boundaries in life, which I am working on! It is important to recognize that the only thing in life that you are able to control is yourself and you are not able to control other’s behaviors. You are able to control your own reactions and actions, but have absolutely no control on the conduct of another person. We are all have experience with forgiving others, but sometimes forget to forgive ourselves!

Thank y’all for stopping by my site today and your comments are always welcomed! I will respond to all comments as soon as I can and really enjoy the communications! I hope y’all are feeling well and have a relaxing evening! Always look on the bright side of things, we made it through another week and the weekend is almost here! As always I am sending you lots of love and comfort! 

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

 

Pain & Headaches Galore!

weekend1I hope y’all have had a great week and you are looking forward to a beautiful weekend! I have been a little absent for the past few days because I have been dealing with terrible headaches and pain. All these headaches and pain have caused me a lot of nausea and an inability to keep food down. This is the third day of these issues, but I am finally able to keep food down, well so far!

I think the most obnoxious question when I am suffering from a headache or pain is, “What do you think is causing this?” If I knew what was causing my headaches, I promise I would do anything to make them go away. The only thing I can say that helps my headaches is an ice pack and a dark quiet room. It sounds so crazy that I will use a heating pad for my back pain and an ice pack for my headaches, but it works for the most part. I know when people ask the question, “What do you think is causing this?”, they are trying to help and they mean well, but I am unfortunately never going to know what causes my headaches or pain, it is just the way things happen.

I do know that stress and weather can add to the headaches and pain. I do suffer from sinus-pressure-314x225sinus issues, but I take sinus medicine for that, it just does not seem to work as well as I would like it to. As for weather, it has been all over the place lately! It is February for God sakes and in the 80’s which is causing trees and flowers to bloom adding to the sinus troubles. It seems like we completely skipped over winter this year and just went straight from fall to spring. There was a few weeks that could be considered winter, but it came and went so fast it was hardly noticed. I mean, my body does not adjust well to temperature changes so I did notice it some. During the few weeks that were considered winter temperatures were low in the 30’s, but as soon as I adjusted to those temperatures it spiked back to the 60’s. There were days with low temperatures and then the next day would be much higher. How in the world can anyone be expected to adjust to the weather when it is constantly changing?

This is a bad time for me to be going through all these headaches and additional pain because my poor husband is dealing with some terrible tooth pain. I can not expect for him to take care of me right now when he is suffering so horribly, but he has been doing a pretty good job! Despite the pain he is going through, he is constantly making sure I have everything I need to be comfortable. We work pretty well together because we both understand pain and headaches way too much!

every-day-may-not-be-good-but-theres-something-good-in-every-day-8I can only hope that my pain and headaches will start to ease up soon so I can actually function right! I have not been able to work for the past three days because of all this, which is causing me even more stress as they are all unpaid days! After resting for the past few days and having the weekend, maybe things will improve and be much better next week. This is just an issue some of us run into and it is so important to just keep trying and hoping for better days ahead!

I hope y’all have a great weekend and enjoy every moment of it! Y’all know I love to see your comments and I do always respond to them as quickly as I can! Remember to always try to stay positive in life because no matter what is going on, there will be good days ahead! Also, I did a guest blog for a fantastic person this week. If you have not already been able to visit Grace’s blog, please check it out because she is pretty fantastic and you will also be able to see the post I did for the newly diagnosed. Her site is,  https://msgracefulnot.com/. Sending you lots of love and comfort!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Time Away!

downloadIn today’s world it seems we are always rushing to get from one point to another without stopping to enjoy life. I think it is so important to take time to sit back and just try to relax. Planning time to have away from phones, tablets, computers, TV and any other electronic device can provide you with some peaceful quiet time that is much deserved. My job entails working on a computer all day long, so sometimes at the end of the day the last thing I want to do is continue looking at another computer. I always enjoy writing on my blog and reading other blogs, but I am trying to have a cut off time from electronics, really to give my eyes a break because the computer does cause my headaches to increase.

Everyone always says that life is so short, but in the big picture it really is not all that short! If we can make the most of everyday it really may not feel that short at times. There are people out there that live until they are in their 90’s or even until they are 100, but they lived the life they were meant to live as does everyone else. I think most people get so wrapped up in social media it completely consumes their lives and they end up sharing too much with people they do not really know. It is not safe putting your entire life out there on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media sites.slowdown

What do you do to relax after a stressful day? Do you have certain routines that can to me a little mundane? Funny thing is, I do have those routines that may seem a little boring to some, but I enjoy the peacefulness it brings to my life. Considering I have been trying hard to increase my hours at work it is nice to come home to a tranquil setting! Work can cause stress so if you can eliminate any unnecessary stress at home it is best for your health!

It is really hard to believe we are already into February! It seems like January went by incredibly fast! How is 2018 coming along for y’all? Are you enjoying the year so far? My plans for the New Year were to get learn to reduce my stress levels so that hopefully my pain issues would decrease. I have been trying to not allow other people’s negative outlooks affect my life and quit trying to fix everyone’s problems. It is in my nature to always want to help others, especially those that are close to me, but I have been able to take a step back knowing I can not fix the world! I do wish I had a magic wand and could take the pain away from all that are in pain, cure-all illnesses, not allow anyone to go hungry or not have a roof over their heads and so much more, but all I am able to do is listen when I can and help when I am able.

Even trying to reduce stress from my life my pain issues are still as high as they were last year and I am really not sure why! I do realize that life with MS does come with pain and hne_pain_and_suffering_it will get better in time. It is so frustrating when an illness is so unpredictable and there are really no answers to how to decrease the pain! But even through all the horrible pain I do still try to see the positive because this could all be so much worse than it is! This illness may cause me so much pain but in the big picture it has not taken anything away from me because I am still able to do things I want to do, even if I have to tone it down a little! I find it helpful and SO important to always try to find the good in all situations because no matter what you are dealing with, it could always be so much worse!

I hope y’all are having a fabulous week so far! Looking on the bright side, it is almost Friday! I want to thank y’all for stopping by my site today. As always I do love to hear your comments and will respond to you as quickly as I can! I hope you have a nice relaxing evening! Sending you lots of love and comfort always!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

 

 

A few days MIA

Bright weekI have not made a post in a few days because sometimes life just gets too chaotic and it is hard to do the things I want to do. Life’s obligations can get in the way of good and fun times. Now whether it be work or household chores they all get in the way of leisure times. I know once I get home from work I am exhausted and do not feel like doing much of anything. Granted my job does only consists of being at a desk and most people would think that is not very tiring, but staring at a computer screen all day is exhausting! When you are sitting all day, not being active it weakens your muscles to the point they do not want to do anything else. I almost feel that my muscles go to sleep and do not want to wake up for any such reason. Plus being at a computer all day causes me to feel so much pain in my back and that pain alone makes me fatigued. 

I have been doing my best to increase my hours at work and I have been able to do 7 hour days. I am thankful that my job has been understanding with slowly adding to how much I am able to handle. I have noticed that I feel so much better earlier in the day, but then about noon I start feeling like I have been hit by a ton of bricks. I do however keep pushing a few extra hours so I can hit my 7 hour goal! 

Y’all already know that living life with an illness can add some additional stress and challenges to your daily life. How do you fight through pain when there is not any kind of relief? Even though things have not been easy lately I do still believe everything157213-Fight-Through-The-Bad-Days happens for a reason and somehow everything works out the way they are meant to. I do realize how clique that sounds, but I do believe every word of it.  

The weather plays  huge part in the way I feel. Rain and cold cause my body to feel terrible. We had a few days of bitter cold and I felt like a truck had run me over and backed over me just for good measure. Then Mother Nature decides it needs to be warm, so my body adjusts to that only to have the weather get cold again! Then we have days of sunshine, followed by days of rain or the threat of rain and I feel horrible! If we could just have weeks or months of the same type of weather I could be adjusted and stable!

I hope y’all had a great Monday! I hope the rest of your week goes absolutely wonderful! Always remember how important it is to stay positive even when it is difficult. Strength comes from positivity! As always, I appreciate you stopping by site today and please leave comments as I will respond to you just as quickly as I can! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort always!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Making New Year’s Resolutions?

Happy New Year 2018 HD WhatsApp Status Images & Text StatusHow many of you believe it is important to set a New Year’s Resolution? If you do commit to a New Year’s Resolution, does it ever work the way you planned? I think many people make these monumental changes on the first of the year because it is good starting point but it may add unnecessary stress to your goals. I honestly cannot remember the last time I actually made a New Year’s resolution because I do not feel that making a positive change can only be done once a year.

There are numerous things I would love to be able to change or improve with my life, but do not really want to start a new year with any possible failures. For those of you that have been following my blog over the past 6 months or so, you already know from my posts that stress, healing from a flare up and struggling with daily pain are my key points that need improvement. I know that stress contributes to my pain, so logically I know eliminating or at least reducing stress from my life could drastically improve my quality of life. Acknowledging the problem and rectifying the issue takes time, dedication and patience but it can be done and I will find a successful path in handling stress better.

I feel that love is a vital part of our lives! Not only is it critical to have loved ones surrounding us, but it is just as important to have love for yourself as well. The more we are able to value ourselves the better we can take care of own needs, both mentally and physically. Many of us take pride in caring for our spouse, parents, children or other Best-Love-Wallpaper-for-Desktopfamily members with strong needs, but sometimes fail to take that same satisfaction with our own needs. On that same note, some take a lot more pleasure in caring for their own needs rather than anyone else’s which really does not mean they are being selfish, they may just be fulfilling needs that no one else has the time for. Between both sides, there must be some kind of equal balance point of caring for your own needs and other’s needs that I would love to be able to find. I am the type that will neglect my own needs in order to take care of someone else.

In the upcoming year I want to continue my blog because the past 6 months of blogging has been an amazing experience! Of course I want to continue writing about MS with the hope that some of my experiences will be beneficial to others battling similar issues, but I also want to write about other topics that I am passionate about. As I have already said in a previous post there is so much more to me than just MS and I want to be able to show that more in 2018!

2017 has been one hell of a year and I am truly delighted it is coming to an end! I am hoping that 2018 will come with come with promising comfort, happiness, love, respect and positive changes. I hope y’all have a very safe and Happy New Year! Here’s to welcoming 2018 with optimism and enthusiasm!! Continue to stay strong and always hold onto positivity as it can get you through hard times!! Much love to y’all!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Essentials for Chronic Illness

Sunday 1When you are first diagnosed with a Chronic Illness, what are the first things that go through your mind? I know when my doctor told me I had Multiple Sclerosis I thought my life was over! I was young and only knew it was a debilitating illness with NO cure insight. I lived the first year after diagnosed in denial and a lot of sadness. But, as I got older I realized my life was NOT over and I could live a pretty normal life! 

I have discovered there are crucial things that need to be done in order to control this disease as much as I can. The most important thing I can do is be positive about life. No matter what I deal with living with MS, it really could be worse. There are about 400,000 people just in the United States that live Multiple Sclerosis, some have a pretty “mild” case of this disease, whereas some have a really aggressive form. Yes, I deal with a lot of pain and some days are worse than others. But, I do not believe it helps me at all to create the lifesit and think about how much I hurt. I think it is better use of my time and energy to focus on the good aspects of life. I do have handicap parking because sometimes it hurts more to walk long distances. However, I do not have a walker or a wheelchair and have full function of my legs no matter how much they may hurt! I deal with a constant amount of pain in my back but shockingly enough a heating pad helps in short-term. 

I have the love and continuous support of a very loving family. I think painful and difficult times would be so much more difficult without love. I value my family more than I can even begin to explain. My husband is here with me day in and day out and will listen to me whenever I need to vent. He offers me SO much emotional support as we all have our bad days when we think that nothing will ever improve. When I have a weak moment and go to him crying because I just want all my pain to go away, he Love heartALWAYS assures me I will be okay and get better in time. He always makes sure I have everything I need in order to be comfortable when I am resting to get well! My husband has an incredible amount of patience and tolerates my stubborn behavior like a champ! My biggest problem is I want to do everything and never ask for help, but he works hard to get me to do less and rest more!

Another essential for living with a chronic illness is, getting the rest your body needs. As I have already made clear, I am really bad at this but doing my best to improve. I feel like I am being lazy when I just sit on the couch watching TV, but there are times I realize that is what my body is asking me for. Getting plenty of rest does not necessarily mean you need to sleep all the time, but it does mean you need to take time to turn your brain off and relax!

It is also essential to reduce stress from your life as much as possible. Life does come with stress whether it be work, relationships, money, health etc but we do have the relaxchoice on what extra unnecessary stress we allow into our thoughts. Is it really important for us to try to solve and worry about the problems a friend or family member might be experiencing? Now it does depend on the problem! If a family member is coping with something they just need someone to talk to someone about, that is perfectly fine as long as it does not consume our life to an unhealthy point. I have the compassion where I always want to help, but I also know there are certain things I can not do anything about and need to take a step back from the situation. 

It is vitally important to love and value yourself. If we do not take care of our own health, we will not be able to be our entire self. Sometimes it is urgent for us all to take a break and think about what we enjoy! It is not selfish to think about what we need in life, which I am honestly still working on!

Thank you for reading and commenting of my thoughts for the day. I hope you had a lovely and relaxing weekend! Hopefully y’all are ready for yet again another Monday. Thankfully, I have a short week so I can only hope it is an easy week as people are preparing for the holidays! As always, stay strong and positive and good things are bound to occur! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa