Deion Sanders struggles with pain medication after surgery

Deion Sanders shared a harrowing story about quitting pain medication.

NFL Hall of Famer and Jackson State Soccer Coach discussed a series of recent trauma and surgery he said he faced with potential addiction for the first time in his life on NPR’s”Limit with Jay Williams” audio file.

Last fall, Sanders suffered complications from toe surgery, prompting doctors to fear he might lose his leg.

Sanders said he’s had eight surgeries, lost a lot of blood and is high – for the first time – on medication.

“I was on too much medication, Jay, that was ridiculous,” he said. “Because, you have to understand, I have never smoked, never drank alcohol in my life. So I’ve never been tall. But taking these drugs, man, I see why people get addicted to that stuff, man.

“I took a lot of drugs because the pain was so intense that the withdrawal phase for me – I was sweating profusely when I was out, in bed – sweating, sweating, sweating because I had too used to drugs at night, esp. midnight. And it’s crazy. But the hardest part, mentally and emotionally, was someone having to get me into bed, get me out of bed, get me into the bathroom, get me out of the bathroom. ”

Deion Sanders shared a moving story about quitting pain medication.
Deion Sanders shared a moving story about quitting pain medication.
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Sanders, 54, said his belief in higher powers got him through.

“I had ramps going up to the front door, they had to put rails in the bathroom so I could go to the toilet. I didn’t see it end at the time, even though I always trusted God. It’s just tough, man, emotionally,” he said.

Williams, 40 years old, had a debilitating motorcycle accident and suffered significant leg and body injuries as a young Chicago Bulls player, ending his NBA career. He said he had suffered from addiction and asked Sanders if he had ever gotten to the point of needing medication to ease the pain.

“No, no,” Sanders said. “When I was in the hospital, I took a lot of drugs. When I was out, you know, I had to detox from them, and I did. But just sweat, man – I can’t understand, why do I sweat at night? But my body craved the drug. And I was like, I can’t do that. I can not do that. I can’t just take these pills to make myself feel better.” Deion Sanders struggles with pain medication after surgery


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