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Take One Snail And Call Me In The Morning...continued

Doctors Do Not Know All

Being a child of the antibiotics age and a budding scientist, my slow recovery and trial-and-error treatment came as a big shock. I realized that the nervous system, the body’s wiring diagram, doesn’t always get things right. It’s not very good at fixing itself, and when it tries it often makes the wrong attachments, so things get even worse.

And doctors are not so flash at making up its deficiencies. I went to one of the best pain clinics in the United States, where most patients had conditions far more serious than mine. My neurologist was stunned when I finally reacted to one of his drugs, an old standby called Tegretol that was originally developed to treat epilepsy. "We aren’t used to people getting better around here," he said.

Pain clinics are big on teaching coping skills, because pain patients have to cope with the shortcomings of pain drugs. I was lucky. By the time I had reached the maximum dosage of one of the weaker opiates, a combination of time, surgery and Tegretol had taken away my need for any opiates at all. After a few days of withdrawal my brain emerged from the opiate-induced fog. For those wondering: yes, I did use kratom to ween myself off of opiates. Simply put, it's not healthy for your body and the complicated internal homeostasis to suddenly cut an opiate off completely. For those wondering where to buy kratom online, Kratom News has a sorting of various providers. While it's currently legal (which it should always be, because it's much safer than opiates), you should check your jurisdiction-specific laws.


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