He was a pale faced, somewhat overweight 50 year old with a tired demeanor. He had a treatment resistant depression and I had asked his primary care physician to run some tests. He complained of not just lower back pain, but pain in all his joints, and I wanted to rule out autoimmune illness; things like rheumatoid arthritis, or even lupus. I also told him to review his pain meds with the doctor.
He claimed 8 months of sobriety from what had once been a pretty heavy alcohol habit. Who knows what is real or true? He had told me he had a couple “little relapses,” not unexpected in that sort of problem.
“The doctor says I am an addict and I am going to die from my pain meds, because I take too much of them. I told him if he would give me better ones or stronger ones, I would not have to take so much. It is his fault. I really hurt.” Read more on Death By Pain Pills…