But chronic pain is a huge part of our overall health care crisis and it is one problem that medicine is ill equipped to face. Long term use of painkillers is NOT a solution. It only prolongs the problem, causing people to just shuffle through life, living pill to pill. This increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, drug addiction, depression, even death. Time has proven that chronic pain can not be tackled by medicine alone. Pardon the cliche, but health care providers need to team up.
In football, the premise is simple: work hard, work together, and win. Do this, and you’ll keep the fans happy. Well, our health care system is losing and our fans are NOT happy. In fact, they’re getting sicker and sicker. No matter who pays for it, (insurance companies, the government, or ourselves) people need to assemble a team of professionals who are willing to work together to give them the best overall health care possible.
Here’s the cool part. Not only are you a “fan” of your health care team...you’re also the general manager. If any of your health care providers are too close minded to play nice with the rest of the “team,” do what any good manager would do for his football team: send them packing. Remember, you EMPLOY your doctors. If a doctor is not willing to be a team player, you need to find one that is. Your health should be more important than the good doctor's biases and misconceptions.