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No pain, no pills

Emotional and physical pain are both abstract concepts. 

They vary with the individual and the situation. 

Physical pain is certainly an indicator of an individual physical condition.

The medical profession has attempted to set a patient level of pain by referring to the famous pain scale where patients are encouraged to rate their level of pain from 0 (no pain) to 10 (excruciating pain). 

Of course, addicted individual will always exaggerate the pain begging for more pain killer drugs.

Lately data shows that prescription opiate deaths have risen alarmingly. 

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) declared ‘prescription drugs addiction ‘a national emergency’. Prescription drugs cause the highest numbers of drugs induced deaths.

However, while in hospital, I found that I had difficulty convincing the medical profession that I had no need for pain killers. 

They looked at me suspiciously. 

The medical staff were very good and competent in their profession but when I told them that the pain was bearable and actually not too bad, they came back with strong pain killers. 

Back home, I mentioned this to a friend, she laughed and told me that the same thing happened to her. 

The medics asked her about the pain, she had no pain so she answered ‘zero’. 

They didn't believe her either so here comes the pain killers because ‘you shall have no pain!’.

I believe that according to a patient situation the medics have learnt that a certain amount of pain is expected and their response to it has already been programmed in their textbooks.

Their duty is to eradicate any pain. 

The patient's opinion becomes irrelevant.

JOSETTE DI DONNA

Port Lincoln

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