Judging Pain

On Managing Pain by Tim Carmody (kottke.org)

We’ve got to get over our weird Puritanical crap about pain and pain medication and accept the fact that in certain contexts, we need the drugs. And by “we,” I mean myself, the medical system; everybody. We can’t be responsible for the entire opioid epidemic every second of every day. Sometimes we just need to be able to go to sleep.

My wife is on pain medication and acupuncture for her fibromyalgia pain. She's managed her health condition for about ten years, with varying degrees of success. I'm sure I know what I would do if someone judged her medical choices without understanding her situation.