Patient Stories

These are stories from chronic pain patients that have contacted ATIP. We have removed all personal information from the post to protect the individual’s privacy.  

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“You Should go to Rehab”

This story was sent to us by the author who asked to remain anonymous.   She is a successful lawyer that is living with chronic pain.  During a routine procedure, a doctor very publicly stated “You should go to rehab.”

 


I couldn’t get my pants on

I couldn’t get my pant’s on.”  This story was sent to us by the author who asked to remain anonymous.   He is a successful executive that is living with chronic pain.  He wanted to get the word out that opioids are helping people remain employed with chronic pain.

 


I was labeled bipolar

I was labeled “Bipolar”  This story highlights the problems woman in pain have being taken seriously. A similar story was picked up in the media describing how doctors ignore woman in pain: https://slate.com/technology/2018/02/doctors-are-increasingly-pushing-mindfulness-on-chronic-pain-patients.html


Take Extra Strength Tylenol

Take an Extra Strength Tylenol with a glass of Coke.”  This story is from a disabled veteran trying to get proper pain care for a fractured vertebrae.  After forceable tapering her opioid prescription she was directed to take Tylenol. She has seen directives to VA doctors to taper all patients off opioids unless they have less than 6 months to live and in severe pain.