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I am not a drug addict. I am not a criminal. So why do I feel like a criminal when I ask for help with my daily chronic pain that has crippled my life?

The hot-button topic regarding the opiate crisis is making my life and the lives of others like me a living hell.

We suffer daily and are expected to deal with the pain, we are expected to use yoga and breathing exercises to cope with the pain. We are the ones you look at and blame the opiate epidemic on when in reality we are just wanting to live our lives.

I think that it is important that we all remember that not all people who use prescription pain relievers are drug addicts. We are your friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers and we are chronic pain sufferers. We just want to live as normal a life as we can while dealing with the kind of pain we wouldn't wish on our worst enemies.

Perspective is what it is all about. Take the time, doctors, to understand how we feel when you judge us and think about how you would feel in our place.

Laura Springer, La Crosse 

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