COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is
not painful. We simply cannot breathe easily. Some of
us are on supplement oxygen – others chug along noisily, some less
“Question: Is having pain in the lung
typical of COPD?
Answer: Chronic lung pain is not commonly associated with
COPD. However, pain can come from the wall of the chest and not
directly from the lungs – this in fact can be seen in COPD. Pain in
the chest can come from coughing very hard and straining the
muscles of the chest. Pain in the chest can be due to a rib
fracture from coughing hard. Pain in the back of the chest can come
from osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones. Check with your
healthcare provider to find out the cause of your pain. If you have
new chest pain, or have pain that frightens you, call 911 to go to
the emergency room at the nearest hospital.”
The problem for some of us is that COPD leads
to other stuff – some of it painful – none of it desirable.
That is where I am – I have gathered a bunch of other stuff since
my 1997 stay in Harrison Medical Center.
Do to inattention at putting on my stockings when I needed to –
timing is crucial – the Cellulitis/Lymphedema is
back and trying to heal. It should have healed by now.
A brief stay in Harrison gave a great jump-start of healing my left
leg but the healing has been set back and that means the pain is
A problem seems to be that the long homemade brush had an end
tied cord that caught in the bristles of the soft baby brush and
ripped the half healed sores open when I was in the shower to
gently cleanse the wounds before my husband wrapped them again.
I did not know why it was so painful until I lifted the brush to
rinse it and saw the cord end stuck in the soft bristles. I have
recut the length of the cord so it cannot happen again.
Pain overtakes a life – it has taken over mine…and no blame
except to me. It has been over a year since my legs got
bad and lymph fluid wept and the ‘blame’ is my own doorstep.
I let other stuff get in the way of getting my stockings on. I
dropped the ball – as it’s turned out – on my own left foot.
I have never liked taking pain pills for any reason but for a
lung patient – it is harmful. Trouble is, right now – I do
not care. What good is saving your lungs when
pain keeps you awake and in agony? Crying in
pain chokes off my airway and I still my mind to focus on deep
breathing. I take a pain pill to sleep and I take a pain pill
to endure being awake waiting for my leg to heal.
Should I be afraid of becoming a drug
addict? At this point, I’m more afraid of not
wanting to wake up to another day of the same pain.
Funny how drug abuse by drug addicts shut down pain relief for
people who medically need it. Doctors become afraid to
prescribe pain pills for fear their patients will become
addicted….and patients become afraid to take it.
Read the latest policy by the state – to track:
““Having a patient’s prescription history gives prescribers
a more complete view of patient care when they prescribe or
dispense controlled substances,” Washington State Secretary of
Health Mary Selecky said in a press release. “This new service is
another tool for patient care and safety.””
Josh Farley’s “State to begin monitoring prescriptions for
pain medication in 2012” article is timely.
The only people tracked here are medical patients and their
doctors. The druggies and drug dealers
remain in a dark, untracked place of anonymity.
If doctors are leery of writing scripts for
pain medications for their patients – what will happen to those
patients forced to endure unrelenting pain?
Yes, Josh – I think this is an invasion of people’s
Thanks for reading…. Sharon O’Hara