angelbear, I couldn't agree with you more! Unless you've been experienced chronic pain, you have no idea what it's like. Just the stigma of having "chronic back pain" is awful.
The other morning I was giving report on a pt that had been in an accident 3 yrs prior resulting in chronic pain. He was on Oxycontin qday and Xanax bid (home meds). He was also getting Demerol 100mg IV q 4 hrs for his post-op pain.
When I told the oncoming nurse this, his response was "loser,
nothing but a druggie."
He had never seen the pt, and new nothing about him except the few sentences I had given in report!
I have had chronic back pain for 7 yrs! I could totally empathize with the pt.
Ugh,,,,,,,those comments make me sooooo mad!
Come on people!! There is a difference between addiction and tolerance.