I am replying to Charles Lane’s March 23 column. I have come to rely on pain meds to live a comfortable life. Over 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with cervical disc disease, lumbar stenosis and the beginnings of osteoarthritis.

Up to that time I was taking over 1,500 mg of acetaminophen a day, which was slowly destroying my liver. After many X-rays and MRIs, doctors put me on mild pain meds, which kept me fairly comfortable.

Over the years, my arthritis and other maladies have gotten worse, so my pain meds have increased in strength. If it were not for these meds, my life would have been a living hell. I probably would have become an alcoholic to deal with the pain. I now suffer from arthritis in every joint in my body, shoulders, wrists, fingers, hips, knees and ankles.

I understand some people will abuse any prescription pain meds. But many persons rely on pain meds in order to have a decent pain-free life.

To take these pain meds away from patients would be a medical disaster. I have a reliable pain doctor who monitors my pain and prescribes the proper amount of medication.

So until Mr. Lane himself becomes a patient with pain problems, he should think about the welfare of patients who need these meds.

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Paul Palumbo

Greencastle Drive

Goose Creek