What exactly is Hyperalgesia you’re asking? Well, if you ask C. Scott McMillin, and what his credentials to be hypothesizing on chronic pain treatment are, I do not know, he would tell you that Hyperalgesia is when Opioid pain medication makes a patient’s pain worse despite having been on a stable dose.
The problem with that statement is that it’s just plain horse pucky. Ask any chronic pain patient, any doctor that has been treating them. Ask me. As far as I know C. Scott McMillin didn’t ask any of us. I am part of a huge chronic pain community on Twitter and none of us have ever experienced an occasion where our opioid pain medication randomly, or in any other way, caused our pain to increase. If there was an increase in pain it was, in every case, (that I know of) a new or worsening symptom or advancement of our illness or disease. Every. Time.
Now to discuss the second half of that outrageously incorrect statement. “But patients see no alternative.” I honestly don’t know how to tackle this one. In a way he is correct. Most of us have tried almost every other alternative treatment. Whether it’s Kratom, Medical Marijuana, diet, vitamins, exercise (good luck with that when many are bed bound), kale (hah.), acupuncture, the list goes on. And some of these, in conjunction with our pain medication do help to some extent.
But do they eliminate our need for pain medication completely? In one word? NO. So no, we don’t see an alternative. But to paint it in a negative light as C. Scott McMillin is doing is doing us a disservice. We need our pain medication much the same way a diabetic needs their insulin.
Maybe you think I’m being dramatic. I am not. Without treatment, pain causes high blood pressure, heart problems, it causes the patient to be bedridden and all the problems that come with that. Now include anxiety, depression and isolation. Oftentimes neglect from family members and/or friends. Should I continue?
What’s the moral of my little story? Here it is in a nutshell. Hyperalgesia, is, in my opinion a made-up term meant to demonize chronic pain and chronic illness patients. It is one more way to push us to the side, to ignore us, to allow us to suffer while patting themselves on the back for saving one more person from becoming addicted. All the while we scream and howl and waste away, much like Trini Yeager and thousands upon thousand of others. And more to come.
Great article. Thank you for speaking for all of us. Couldn’t agree more. This hyperalgesia theory is rubbish. They will continue to find excuses to back up their mistake; and it was a big one! Chronic pain patients have died and will continue to die because of this stupidity! I know, I tried to be one of the
ones that died!
I’m sorry that you had a difficult time and pray that you are at least do better. In my advocacy, I have continued to find over and over that other than those medical professionals who have glommed onto the propaganda, it is the doctors and the patients who over and over have said hyperalgesia doesn’t exist or is extremely rare. It is only those like Stanford Pain etc that put out these so-called ‘scientific’ studies that claim it does. Meanwhile, it is patients like you, it is those who cannot speak for themselves, it is the elderly, that end up suffering in pain with nowhere to turn. I hope you are doing better and that you continue to stay better. ❤
Thank you so much! Great article!!
I got that shit from TWO ‘doctors’ at once, by them I was in “pain management”. Of course I said “I don’t know how that could be true.” They will fall in their own pit.