A Few Words – Prince and Chronic Pain

 

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On April 21, 2016, we lost another great icon, Prince.  I have been a Prince fan since he burst onto the scene and I have always been in love with him.   If you never got a chance to see him perform live, then you really missed seeing a powerhouse dynamo!!! He was a phenom!! I had the privilege of seeing him live at Madison Square Garden some years ago and he was just awesome!!

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He was diminutive in stature, but his giant talents made up for his lack of height.  His height couldn’t erase his talent or his love of the ladies.  He was an extremely good looking man, so I get why the ladies loved him.  He was another one who marched to the beat of his own drum.  He made it okay to be different, hell he made it sexy to be different.  He was true to himself.  He and Muhammad Ali had that in common.

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Much has been said about how he died and his last days here.  The speculation was endless, but now that we have a cause of death, I feel I can say something about it.  Prince was known for his energetic and physical performances.  Over time this began to cause him problems and he was in chronic pain.  Most of us as we age are going to feel some pain.  All that crazy stuff we do in our youth does eventually come back to haunt us.  There are some though who are in chronic pain.  I know people who live with chronic pain and take lots of medicine that barely seems to help.  So I do not judge Prince because he gave us the best of himself and what he ended up with was pain!!

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I am sorry that he and millions like him must suffer daily because our society does not fully acknowledge, treat and alleviate pain for chronic sufferers.  We expect people to just handle it, or take some watered down medicine that barely helps because we don’t want you getting addicted to powerful drugs that may help you.  People get addicted because the medicine is not being administered in a responsible way to begin with.  Most people in chronic pain would benefit tremendously from a lifestyle plan administered by multiple professionals working together to alleviate the problem, but this is rarely the case and I can’t say I understand why.  We have a long way to go as a society when it comes to helping people with certain issues, mental health, violence, poverty and chronic pain.  We need to do better!!!!

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