The richest girl in town. (fightingwords) wrote,
The richest girl in town.
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On the relative importance of chronic pain.

I cannot count the friends of mine with migraines, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and other pain conditions who have essentially been abandoned by their doctors.

I have thought and thought and thought about this -- trying to get past my knee-jerk angry reaction to Western Medicine and its relatively hysterical reaction to visible physical disability combined with its more low-key and some might even say unconcerned reaction to pain.

Perhaps it's genuinely more difficult. Perhaps it was easier to invent prostheses (some that are nearly as deft as I am), wheelchairs, crutches, grabber/extenderss, hand controls for cars, power chairs, and electronic wheelchairs that OBEY YOUR THOUGHTS than it is to come up with reliable pain relief. Seriously -- maybe it is. I am not a chemist or engineer.

Or maybe our medical minds (and donors) just don't think chronic pain is particularly important. I don't really know.

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