The painful truth

WHEN sarcoidosis hit Kelli* suddenly and aggressively at age 25, she was prescribed a pharmaceutical cocktail for her unbearable pain: morphine and other opiates, muscle relaxants and nerve blocks, along with antidepressants, cortisone and epilepsy medication.

The medication made her sleepy and numb – and did nothing to mitigate her pain.

“I couldn’t cope,” she says.
“I could only imagine what the pain would’ve been like if I wasn’t on pain medication. I realised how dependent I was and the fear associated with stopping.”

After months of this &ndash

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