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My Healthy Journey: Chronic Back Pain

This piece was originally written for Health Alliance’s Blog and features information about Health Alliance’s products and services. Visit that site for more on my healthy journey and many more health and insurance subjects.

The Opioid Epidemic and Chronic Back Pain

Over the last year, the leading news story in health care has been the opioid epidemic. And chronic pain, particularly chronic back pain, has been at the top of the list of reasons why people use opioids long term.

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks, and for many, it’s pain that can last the rest of their lives. Chronic pain can happen because of a genetic problem or disorder or an injury or accident. Many people who survive serious car accidents or workplace accidents deal with chronic pain for the rest of their lives.

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I’m not much of a softy, but I will admit this made me cry. Not just cry even, weep. But get your kleenex ready because it is beyond-words-worth the read. Brought to my attention by the marvelous Roger Ebert’s twitter, this is the story of one family’s battle with the cancer of their infant daughter from the viewpoint of her father. It contains the most hauntingly beautiful metaphor I’ve seen in a very long time as he explains how their pain in the face of her unique disease and eventual loss is an aquarium.

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