In the wake of the opioid crisis, medical professionals’ fears about prescribing opioid painkillers have risen — to the extent that some doctors have turned to “pain acceptance” as a treatment philosophy. But chronic pain patients are speaking out about how dangerous that could be for their quality of life.
On Monday, Vox published a podcast detailing how “pain acceptance” is “gaining traction” among American doctors as a response to the opioid epidemic. The movement is “kind of just what it sounds like,” said narrator Sarah Kliff, who lives with chronic pain herself. “It means asking patients to live with a certain level of pain — for months, years, or even for the rest of their lives.”