Prince, Chronic Pain, Opioids & Why Dependence is Not a Pathology

On April 21, when my alarm clock radio blasted “Raspberry Beret” at 5:30 a.m., I let it play for a minute before turning the radio off. The familiar tune was an unexpectedly pleasant start to my day. Several hours later, I learned that Prince, the musical genius behind that song and so many others, was [Read More…]

Chronic Pain, Shame, & Being Dependent (Not Addicted) to Opioids

The simple fact that I’ve found an effective treatment allowing me to live an active life with significant disability is obscured by the controversy, fear, stigma and caution that surround opioid prescribing.
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On Assisted Suicide and Chronic Pain, Sex and Prayer, DNA and Ice Buckets: Top 10 Posts of 2014

The 10 most-read blog posts of 2014—a list that provides a good snapshot of topics I regularly cover, such as genetics, chronic pain, medical decision making, parenting, and Christianity. [Read more…]

Not All Pain is Gain

Not all pain is gain. Pain is not always fixable. This is the truth. But it is not a hopeless truth. [Read more…]

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Scares Me for a Different Reason

The same medication that I take every day, in doses that would leave most of you passed out cold or hospitalized or dead, directly led to Hoffman being discovered in his apartment with a needle in his arm. [Read more…]

An Untold Story About Prescription Painkillers (Mine)

I take prescription painkillers every day, but I am not an addict. According to the Centers for Disease Control, we are in the midst of a “growing, deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse,” marked by rising abuse rates along with rising rates of overdose and deaths by overdose. The CDC and others blame this epidemic [Read More…]