Dealing With Pain

One of the most common questions I get these days is why I don't take pain killers for my back/sciatic pain, so I thought I'd explain my reasoning here.

The pain killers that work for this type of pain are opiates, that's some pretty serious shit. In my job I am subject to random drug tests and these are likely to show up on one. The thing about these tests is that they are federally mandated, not just some company policy thing. So even if I have a prescription and doctors note, these drugs still aren't allowed. This makes sense if you think about it, do you want the big truck next to you on the road to be piloted by someone loaded on OxyContin? Didn't think so...

The other reason has nothing to do with company policy or federal rules, but my knowledge of how opiates work. They are great for short term pain like surgery, gunshot wounds, car accidents, etc,.. But they are horrible for chronic pain. The body becomes addicted to them WAY too easily and before you know it you are ramping up the dose to compensate. Even worse, as the addiction progresses the pain actually gets worse. When addicted patients get off the opiates the pain falls back to levels at are easily managed with OTC pain killers.

So what I'm doing is trying to rest as much as possible, and slow down a bit at work. Outside of that there isn't much I can do short of changing jobs. If I do change jobs so that I'm no longer physically handling freight, I'm sure my back will heal up in fairly short order. The hard part of changing jobs is finding something that fits my needs, maybe I can...