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Justin from the Generation Why Podcast collects personal stories from listeners about topics most consider taboo or shameful.  Every episode will have a new topic or theme. Everything is game and nothing is taboo. 

Sep 30, 2016

Chronic pain is a medical condition doctors have struggled to treat. When medicines like oxycodone and hydrocodone hit the market, they seemed like a near-magic answer. 

As doctors were assured by manufacturers that these new drugs weren’t addictive, they prescribed them freely. 

What doctors didn’t know was they were all made from heroin; by the time manufacturers were brought to court, it was too late. 

In this episode I talk with Jeremiah, who is overweight with severe back pain. He finds relief in the form of prescription pain pills,  which allow him to push through the pain and exercise but ultimately lead to bigger problems.

My second guest, Dave, shares his struggle with addiction which impacted his life in an earth-shattering way. 


Pamela Wyrick
almost four years ago

I'm listening to Jeremiah's story regarding being overweight at a desk job. I, too, am an accountant and sitting all day is extremely painful. I finally had to make a decision and do something. I go to the gym at lunch Monday thru Friday with a personal trainer who has a class doing cross fit. The first year was the hardest with muscle pain that I had never really experienced. Stairs were my enemy and I shuffled like an old lady. After that year, I started feeling better to where now, if I don't go to the gym for a week or so, my body will ache and hurt. I am a naturally lazy person, but I do not want to be crippled in my 50's and later. The classes are over in less than an hour and that works with my very demanding job. I am fortunate that my employer is very supportive about my gym time as I am gone for over an hour or so. So, my point is, find something that works for you and stay in the mindset that you have to go. I did Groupons for the first year until I found my last trainer who I was with for a couple of years. I was scared to sign with a gym membership that you are locked in for a year or so and flake out. Groupons get you to try different places and your commitment is usually a week to a month for minimal costs. So, if you do flake out, you're not out a bunch of money and guilt. It is hard to stay committed to something, but life is too short to be in pain (pain that is bad). My prayers are with Jeremiah. Good luck