Phillip T. Alden (phillipalden) wrote in chronic_pain,
Phillip T. Alden

It's been a difficult day:

I've been having some physical withdrawal symptoms because I'm still backing down on pain-killers and anti-anxiety medication. Of course this "process" has been going on for months, and I've posted on this new "odyssey" before.

The good news is that my doctor called Stanford Pain Clinic back, told them what I've been doing, and continue to do. Apparently they feel I'm sufficiency dedicated to being at a "safe" opiate level, and a safe anti-anxiety drug level.

I should fucking think so! I've dropped significantly every month! But my pain level, for the most part, has been okay. It's seems that, instead of taking ever-increasing opiates, my body was ready for a "reset."

That's the only thing I can think of. There's no other reasonable possibility. A "reset" is the only thing, (other than the help of the Universe,) that's been allowing me to reduce month after month without being in terrible pain. My partner and my friends have been incredibly supportive, including my online friends, so that's helped on the emotional/spiritual level.

The past few days, and the following few, are going to be a little difficult. (I've become aware of the dynamic, so I know what to expect.)

It's a small price to pay for access to Stanford's cutting-edge technology. They have some truly amazing ideas. The tech is trying to drive the spinal injury field forward, and from what I can gather, it's working at the moment.

I'll see what Stanford says on Tuesday.

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