I wrote this whilst in hospital recovering from an emergency appendectomy 9 years ago.
I've been on numerous opioid drugs since for various different reasons and every time they didn't really do anything. Nothing good, nothing bad. Doctors would just ramp up the doses and didn't listen when I said they were ineffective.
When I refused opioids I was told I must not be in pain or laughably I was told I was exhibiting drug seeking behaviour.... ....by saying no... baffling!
Anyway the anaesthetist involved in my knee surgery 3 years ago actually listened. He reckoned I probably lacked the right enzymes to process opioids. He did a crude test of the theory by giving me a hefty dose of IV fentanyl before going under general anaesthetic to see how I reacted.
Nothing, no pain relief, no fairy land, no nausea, no drowsiness. The nurse was impressed I was still conscious let alone talking clearly and coherently.
And so I have no opioids in my arsenal of medications.
To be fair it's not really an arsenal, more a meagre variety, I do my best to keep the number of meds I take to a minimum.
So at least I don't have to worry about the opioid crisis which is happening across the pond if it comes here. I'm still horrified by it all, though I guess there's comfort that I don't rely on any to function.
I'd make a useless heroin junkie.