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I wasn't surprised to hear how Ant McPartlin developed a drug addiction -- NHS advice on chronic pain almost killed me

After years of being told to do the wrong things by the NHS and advised to quit my job, I got angry -- and I started trying anything. I got exorcised in Haiti and bathed in chicken blood in South Africa. I had my neck vertebrae manipulated in China and got stoned in Colorado. I wasn't religious but I even went to Lourdes. And eventually I found a cure * Julia Buckley

* Monday 19 June 2017 10:00 BST

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Ant McPartlin's "drug hell", the headlines said, so I clicked -- as we all do -- to see what it was, the naughty habit that had got out of control and pitched a national treasure into rehab. And then I read the story. A knee injury. A botched operation. Two years of chronic pain. A painkiller addiction, depression and substance abuse. And I realised, this wasn't drug hell; it's the natural progression of chronic pain in this country.

Up to half the British public suffer from chronic pain, according to a systematic review in the BMJ last year. Back pain is the second most common reason for taking time off work. GPs prescribe 65 million painkillers each year. Ten per cent of over-35s take analgesics almost daily. And yet the NHS fails its patients with every prescription. Doctors don't really understand chronic pain, can't cure it, so they brush it under the carpet. Unfortunately, patients in its iron grip cannot do the same. It leads to depression and addiction, and tears lives apart. It kills people. I know this because it nearly killed me.

McPartlin is said to have started his descent into chronic pain with knee problems. Mine was as mundane as it was devastating -- as I reached for a cup of coffee one day at work in 2012, something slipped in my neck and crushed a nerve. It felt like a carving knife had wedged in my armpit and a fire had sparked in my arm, across my shoulder blade and up to my neck. It was so intense, so sudden and so brutal that it was almost reassuring. This was an injury, I assumed, that could only get better.

But that was before I knew how the NHS treats chronic pain.

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I got no painkillers from the GP I saw the next day; just instructions to rest my arm for a week. At the end of the week, I got a sick note. It would be a couple of months before I got a prescription for painkillers. There's evidence that if pain circuits can be dampened down quickly, they can reset themselves. But since pain by default isn't considered "chronic" until it's lingered for a couple of months, by that time, you've missed the window. For me, it was too late.

Pain is meant to be good for us -- acute pain is a signal from the brain telling us to take care of a body part. It's a circuit that's designed to switch off as we heal. But in those of us with chronic pain -- about one in 10 unlucky injuries -- the circuits keep firing. Then they start spreading -- because the brain operates on a use-it-or-lose-it basis. In the same way that you forget your schoolgirl French if you don't keep it up, if your pain circuits keep firing, they strengthen. They spread. Then they begin to overwrite other parts of your brain. It's a conundrum -- unless it's nipped in the bud before it gets chronic, chronic pain gets worse.

Doctors haven't agreed how to fix this yet -- and I can handle that. I know science has its limitations. What I cannot handle is how the medical establishment -- the NHS in particular -- tackles chronic pain.

By the time they notice it, the pain circuits have already begun to smother the brain. And when they diagnose it, they don't say, "We don't know enough to pull you out of this right now, but hang on tight." Instead, they say, "We don't really know what's going on in your brain, so you have to accept that you're never going to recover."

Everyone the Government blames for the NHS crisis -- except themselves

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Everyone the Government blames for the NHS crisis -- except themselves

1/6 The elderly

"We acknowledge that there are pressures on the health service, there are always extra pressures on the NHS in the winter, but we have the added pressures of the ageing population and the growing complex needs of the population," Theresa May has said. Waits of over 12 hours in A&E among elderly people have more than doubled in two years, according to figures from NHS Digital.


2/6 Patients going to A&E instead of seeing their GPs

Jeremy Hunt has called for a "honest discussion with the public about the purpose of A&E departments", saying that around a third of A&E patients were in hospital unnecessarily. Mr Hunt told Radio 4's Today programme the NHS now had more doctors, nurses and funding than ever, but explained what he called "very serious problems at some hospitals" by suggesting pressures were increasing in part because people are going to A&Es when they should not. He urged patients to visit their GP for non-emergency illnesses, outlined plans to release time for family doctors to support urgent care work, and said the NHS will soon be able to deliver seven-day access to a GP from 8am to 8pm. But doctors struggling amid a GP recruitment crisis said Mr Hunt's plans were unrealistic and demanded the Government commit to investing in all areas of the overstretched health service.

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3/6 Simon Stevens, head of NHS England

Reports that "key members" of Ms May's team used internal meetings to accuse Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, of being unenthusiastic and unresponsive have been rejected by Downing Street. Mr Stevens had allegedly rejected claims made by Ms May that the NHS had been given more funding than required.

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4/6 Previous health policy, not funding

In an interview with Sky News's Sophy Ridge, Ms May acknowledged the NHS faced pressures but said it was a problem that had been "ducked by government over the years". She refuted the claim that hospitals were tackling a "humanitarian crisis" and said health funding was at record levels. "We asked the NHS a while back to set out what it needed over the next five years in terms of its plan for the future and the funding that it would need," said the Prime Minister. "They did that, we gave them that funding, in fact we gave them more funding than they required Funding is now at record levels for the NHS, more money has been going in." But doctors accused Ms May of being "in denial" about how the lack of additional funding provided for health and social care were behind a spiralling crisis in NHS hospitals.

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5/6 Target to treat all A&E patients within four hours

Mr Hunt was accused of watering down the flagship target to treat all A&E patients within four hours. The Health Secretary told MPs the promise -- introduced by Tony Blair's government in 2000 -- should only be for "those who actually need it". Amid jeers in the Commons, Mr Hunt said only four other countries pledged to treat all patients within a similar timeframe and all had "less stringent" rules. But Ms May has now said the Government will stand by the four-hour target for A&E, which says 95 per cent of patients must be dealt with within that time frame.

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6/6 No one

Mr Hunt was accused of "hiding" from the public eye following news of the Red Cross's comments and didn't make an official statement for two days. He was also filmed refusing to answer questions from journalists who pursued him down the street yesterday to ask whether he planned to scrap the four-hour A&E waiting time target. Sky News reporter Beth Rigby pressed the Health Secretary on his position on the matter, saying "the public will want to know, Mr Hunt". "Sorry Beth, I've answered questions about this already," replied Mr Hunt. "But you didn't answer questions on this. You said it was over-interpreted in the House of Commons and you didn't want to water it down. Is that what you're saying?" said Ms Rigby. "It's very difficult, because how are we going to explain to the public what your intention is, when you change your position and then won't answer the question, Mr Hunt". But the Health Secretary maintained his silence until he reached his car and got in.

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Finally, too late, they prescribe us the painkillers -- those addictive opioids, second cousins of heroin (methadone isn't entirely unheard of in pain relief). The "30 rule" means that they'll only reduce pain by 30 per cent in 30 per cent of patients, but they prescribe them anyway, these drugs that we need more and more of as our bodies get used to them, these drugs that can turn a tolerance into an addiction, that can ruin our lives. And they send us on pain management courses, whose raison d'etre is to tell us that we're never going to get better, that we must redraw our lives in the cage we've been locked into. They teach us CBT to think positive, "despite the pain".

We're not going to try to cure you, but hey, turn that smile upside down and it may not seem as crushing. If they treated any other illness like that, there would be national outcry. But for some reason -- maybe because chronic pain patients can't understand what their body is brewing either -- we say nothing. We swallow our pills. We practise positive thinking.

You have to accept you may never get better, one pain specialist said to me. Stop talking about getting back to work, and think about how you can live as you are.

It's unlikely you'll ever write again, my rehabilitation consultant told me, handing me a book about career changes. Think of a job you can do without your hands.

It's OK, they said, you don't have your salary, but there are disability benefits (I received UKP#86 a week.)

For my first two years of chronic pain, I listened to my doctors. I tried their medicines, I tried physio, I went on a pain management course and a rehabilitation course. I had counselling. I had CBT. And I wanted to die.

I didn't have a life -- I was in too much pain to have one. I couldn't cook, I couldn't clean, I couldn't chop vegetables, I couldn't wash my hair. I couldn't wear clothes with buttons, I couldn't hold a book, I couldn't write a one-line email. I couldn't go out to see my friends. I couldn't watch TV because my "sitting tolerance" was less than two minutes.

Rehabilitation at a Thai monastery

Cengiz (centre), now known as monk Atalo, has just completed his ordination ceremony at the Wat Thamkrabok monastery


A newcomer has just arrived at the monastery, where he hopes he will be cured of his addiction


Steam baths are all part of the process, along with meditation and herbal detox drinks


Monk Jeremy helps Cengiz to adjust his robes during his ordination ceremony


Out and about: patients are heading for the steam baths, an important part of the therapy


Rehabilitation: patients must engage in organised work. Helping out at the kitchen is all part of the healing process


The detox area: patients must consume, for at least six days, the vomit-inducing medication, which is made from plants and roots


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SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)

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"addiction"5Twelve-Step Snake Oil (2012)
Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers (Thomas Szasz)
Rat Park
Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied? (2014)
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Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
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The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd
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"substance abuse" "in denial" "abuse"3Use is Abuse (propaganda theme 4)

gateway 55%
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"leads to"1Use is Abuse, Gateway (propaganda theme 4)
Distortion 7: Gateway
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use is abuse gateway Use is Abuse, Gateway (propaganda theme 4)
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heroin Managing Pain
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Managing Pain
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Managing Pain
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"drug" "drugs"7 
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"official"1Statism: the Most Dangerous Religion (2014 video)
What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
The Intellectual Gravy Train (2015)
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mockingbird Mainstream Media
Michael Levine, Mainstream Media: The Drug War Shills
Mainstream Media: The Most Significant Threat To Freedom
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"Reuters"7Operation Mockingbird - Mighty Wurlitzer cia a...
US Media Conceals News (2013)
Two of the Largest American Newspapers Opine in Favor of Allowing States to Legalize Marijuana (2012)
Propaganda 101: Operation Mockingbird Continues (2015)
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"meetings" "programme"2TAKE ACTION - Here's how!
Delphi Technique - Fake Consensus (2016)

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