People that go into Emergency Rooms all over Canada in pain or have a history of chronic pain are often not given adequate treatment with regards to pain management. People who suffer from chronic pain conditions are especially affected by the draconian attitude and policies of our government with regards to this issue. When a person with pre-existing pain has difficulty coping and goes to the hospital, they deserve to have their pain taken seriously. Everybody in pain deserves to have as many options available to them as we can give them as a society, especially in a hospital setting. It should be recognized that our country does not have the capacity to give each patient a pain management team and hospitals should be a place where patients can feel comfortable, without the fear of being labled as drug seeking or refused help. Pain does not manifest itself the same way on the outside in each individual. We all respond to pain differently and each type of pain can have its own effect on the body.
It is time to stop the nightmare of people in pain who often wait hours to be seen and are rarely taken seriously. People in pain are people too.
Another minute should not go by where we offer mothers giving birth pain medications without hesitation and yet choose to discriminate against those who come to hospitals in pain and in need of medical attention.