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Narrative Matters: A Chronic Pain Sufferer Navigates The Maze Of Opioid Use



July 17th, 2014

In the July Health Affairs Narrative Matters essay, a woman living with chronic pain tries to manage her condition while maneuvering through the maze of opioid medications. Janice Lynch Schuster’s article is freely available to all readers, or you can listen to the podcast.

Don’t forget to visit the free Narrative Matters essay archive, which offers written and oral versions of current and past essays. Narrative Matters is published with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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  1. Robert Burney MD Says:

    From many years in university pain clinics, I can recognize this woman’s story as fairly typical. It demonstrates the irrational and emotional attitudes about management of chronic pain. As she suggests, these patients are seeking relief, not narcotics. True, some who seek drugs complain of pain as a way into the system. However, the vast majority would trade all the workers’ comp and all the pills for relief from their pain. Healthcare needs a consistent way to manage pain whose origin is uncertain and whose duration may be infinite.

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