"You do what you can to survive." Linda and Larry Drain got married in 1981, but when Linda's eligibility under Medicaid was threatened, they were forced to either separate or lose her benefits. Now they live 40 minutes away from each other in low-income housing.
KLAS in Nevada is telling the other side of the "opioid crisis" -- the chronic pain crisis. While nightly newscasts across the country are filled with stories about the opioid epidemic, millions of Americans find their suffering increased by government agencies that are stepping up to put limits on legal, and helpful, medications. For the millions of chronic pain patients, the crackdown has been a nightmare. They are the forgotten victims in the opioid debate.
Approxima...tely 50,000 people a year die with opioids of one kind or another in their systems -- legal or illegal. The number you don't hear is this one -- there are as many as 25 million Americans who suffer with chronic pain. For many of them, opioid medication means the difference between leading somewhat normal lives, or surviving in constant agony.
These are not the people who O.D. on heroin or mix drugs with booze. For the most part, they suffer and die in silence.
NPR expands on HCA's decision to tell it's Nashville patients they're just going to hurt.
Debbie Gibson is on this season's Dancing with the Stars. Tonight, she said she lives with chronic pain, and other issues, due to Lyme Disease. Apparently, she pretty much had to take off the last year in order to rest her body and cope with some of the issues Lyme forces on her. She went on to say that she did more in the initial month preparing for DWTS than she did in that year off. It will be interesting to see how she fares over the course of the show.
In other news, Lady Gaga was forced to postpone the European leg of her current tour due to a severe Fibromyalgia flare.
A medical student feels ill prepared to treat or manage chronic pain. Says current medical training doesn't prepare doctors and what knowledge they do gain comes from media sources. But if 15-19 percent of adults suffer from chronic pain why aren't our doctors better educated and trained?
Lady Gaga shows her chronic pain due to fibromyalgia in her new documentary to air on Netflix Sept. 22.