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Frank Talk On Pain Meds: Introduction – Jumping Off Into The Vast Unknown

Those of you who know me know I am all about being 100% honest and real, all the time. No little white lies. No quiet deception. Well, it's not going to get any more real than this series, Frank Talk On Pain and Pain Meds, and what's to follow in the next few months. The… Continue reading Frank Talk On Pain Meds: Introduction – Jumping Off Into The Vast Unknown

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Frank Talk, Part 1: Pain, Pain Meds, Opioids, Addiction and Dependance

If there is one subject that is the least spoken about in the ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia (FM) communities, both between patients and also between patients and our own family members and friends, I think that subject must be the use of opioid (sometimes erroneously referred to as narcotic) pain meds to treat our pain issues.… Continue reading Frank Talk, Part 1: Pain, Pain Meds, Opioids, Addiction and Dependance

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Frank Talk, Part 2: Pain Management Myths and Misconceptions

Frank Talk On Pain and Pain Meds: Introduction – Jumping Off Into The Vast Unknown Part 1: Pain, Pain Meds, Opioids, Addiction and Dependance Part 2: Pain Management Myths and Misconceptions (you are here) Part 3: My Personal Journey Part 4: Stormy Seas and Taking On Water (Quitting Opioids) Part 5: Walking Through The Fire (Quitting… Continue reading Frank Talk, Part 2: Pain Management Myths and Misconceptions

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Frank Talk, Part 3: Pain Meds, My Personal Journey

Frank Talk On Pain and Pain Meds: Introduction – Jumping Off Into The Vast Unknown Part 1: Pain, Pain Meds, Opioids, Addiction and Dependance Part 2: Pain Management Myths and Misconceptions Part 3: My Personal Journey (you are here) Part 4: Stormy Seas and Taking On Water (Quitting Opioids) Part 5: Walking Through The Fire (Quitting… Continue reading Frank Talk, Part 3: Pain Meds, My Personal Journey

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Valcyte for ME/CFS: 2nd Anniversary Recap!

I recently hit the 2 year anniversary since I started taking Valcyte for my ME/CFS. The post I wrote detailing my decision to start on Valcyte, a pretty risky drug as drugs go, is still one of the most visited posts on my blog. That post was written Feb. 10, 2011: Valcyte: The (Slightly) Scary… Continue reading Valcyte for ME/CFS: 2nd Anniversary Recap!

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Coping: One Breath, One Moment

A post about getting through those moments you ask yourself: "What fresh hell is this?", or beg, "Not again, please!" and, "When Food Is The Enemy" Recently, yesterday I guess it was, but it seems eons ago, I managed to poison myself. Not in the typical, swallow something toxic way, of course. No, not me.… Continue reading Coping: One Breath, One Moment