The media can’t look to get its stories about Prince right. As the news feed overflows with stories with the word Prince and drug addiction in them, not many of them feature the word chronic pain. Multiple reports show that Prince had suffered from years with Fibromyalgia pain and Severe Chronic Pain in his hips due to injuries racked up during when his performances started.
His body was wracked with pain, Prince relied on opiate pain medications to provide him some relief. And yet even today the stately New York Times features a long article about Prince looking for help with an addiction.
Prince was not addicted to pain medication. Prince had a medical problem— Severe Chronic Pain — which is criminally under-treated. It is also a medical problem that is more likely to be reacted to with stigma and condescension, even dares about the chronic pain patient’s moral character. Severe Chronic Pain is still the condition that we treat by telling its sufferers to just pull it up or keep a stiff upper lip, or to terminate acting like a wuss.
When anyone dies from complications of the disease, for that is what Severe Chronic Pain is, we react surprisingly, sympathy and anger that the patient died from a drug overdose. Some outlets make money off our doubt about overdose and medications and our interest in drugs.
Reports of 2009 surfaced that Prince was in chronic and debilitating pain. His friends reported that he was taking Severe Chronic Pain medication to try to control the constant, severe pain from damaged hips.
The supposed disagreement between Prince’s conversion to the Jehovah’s Witnesses and his potential to accept a blood transfusion — should the need emerge during hip replacement surgery — was bandied about by the vultures who pose as whispering reporters. The idea that Prince would forego surgery in order to serve his faith granted to the undercurrent that Prince was “strange”. however, some news channels report that Prince did have double hip replacement surgery in 2010.
But it’s not just about how the media doesn’t realize how Severe Chronic Pain works. They are also ignoring the realities of the impact of race upon the carry out of medicine. Into the mix must definitely be added the element of race. Prince was a black man with severe chronic pain. Strong racial disparities in how doctors and other medical staff replied to pain in the emergency room have been documented.
For example, a new study published in one of the most important pediatrics journals studied the treatment of appendicitis, a situation that is often initially suspected after a chandelier test. In medical slang, if a fibromyalgia doctor places her hand on the pain point in the lower abdomen affected by the Severe Chronic Pain of an inflamed appendix, the Chronic pain patient will try to jump up into the metaphoric chandelier on the top limit above their head.
In medical problems in which Severe Chronic Pain has been abiding, scientific evidence recommended that the brain’s pain receptors short out. whereas, regardless of even whether the painful part of the body has been removed — as in amputations — the brain’s pain receptors persist to process signals that the body is under attack.
Phantom limbs can cause severe pain. It does not make the pain fake. It is the brain that can feel pain. And the brain can remain to experience severe chronic pain even after surgery has been performed.
And yet, despite the facts that Prince was being given Percocet for documented pain, the media narrative has shifted to a story in which Prince died of an overdose of drugs. An overdose is a self-inflicted wound. It’s a moral judgment. That is how we react to it.
He was such a brilliant actor. Why overdose of drugs? Or She had such a dominant voice. But she was a demon for drugs.” That story allows us to distance ourselves, to see it as the mistake of a weak personality an addictive personality. It’s part of the mythos we create around brilliant folks.
The idea is that the really gifted are also the ones in the worse psychological pain, and their psychological weaknesses make them mature for drug addiction. Prince is being pressed toward that precipice over which we have pushed Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Jackson, and every other artist who has died from a drugs overdose in the past century — especially those who succumbed to heroin.
But heroin and Severe Chronic Pain medication are not the same things. certainly, some will gain fame for their discussions of the abuse of chronic pain medication.
Severe Chronic Pain managing requires, in many cases, the taking of power, frequently-opiate-based medicines. any patient who takes these drugs on a daily basis will become “physically needy” in a short time. Physical needy is not addiction. Diabetics physically rely on insulin, and yet we can’t call insulin an addictive drug. Without it, diabetics would die.
Stopping pain medication that has been used for Severe Chronic Pain can kill you if it’s done suddenly. Under a doctor’s care, a change in pain medication is handled on a strict schedule in which the body is weaned off one drug in order to either begin a new medication or to determine whether the body is reacting in an unusual way to the condition causing the pain.
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