Interview 41- Chronic pain
Age at interview: 73
Brief outline: Back and shoulder pain following fall at home in 1999. Spinal osteoarthritis. Treatments' Epidural steroid injections. TENS. Physiotherapy. Current medication' oxycodone (Oxycontin) Past medication' gabapentin.
Background: Retired health visitor; divorced; 3 children.
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- Age at interview:
- Retired health visitor; divorced; 3 children.
When it was first suggested to me that I took opioids, I was not happy because one thinks of a) of addiction and b) of something much worse coming up later on. If you're going to get something that really is painful, like terminal cancer, when you're going to need all the pain relief that you can get, then is it wise to become dependent to some extent on strong pain relief now? What would there be left if it became essential, you know, for pain relief in a real terminal illness?
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