By Jennifer Seigworth
Do you ever wonder what a person goes through when they suffer with chronic pain?
Maybe you are someone who lives with chronic pain and wish others could understand why it changes a person’s life.
Many types of chronic pain do not have visible causes or symptoms so it is hard for others to see what a person goes through.
Living with chronic pain is exhausting and life altering. It can make the sufferer unable to focus or think clearly on an everyday basis.
Of course, there are medications and physical therapy treatments but those come with a price as well. Including a stigma from those who are on the outside, judging some pain sufferers of “just looking for pain medication” or “feeding their addictions.”
Not all chronic pain leads to opioid addiction or other types of addiction, but it certainly can. Most of the time, the battle inside is unseen by those on the outside, and the concept of this constant pain is hard for others to grasp.
It affects a person on a physiological and emotional level.
Most people assume that chronic pain is caused by an injury.
Often, this is the case, but not always. It can be caused by a psychological disorder, a surgery, a trauma or may be brought on by an autoimmune disease or cancer.
Some examples of chronic pain are listed below, but there are so many more.
They vary in degree and they vary in cause. All are very real and often misunderstood.
Diabetic Neuropathy-nerve pain that radiates through the body and leads to nerve damage
Fibromyalgia-pain experienced in the soft muscle tissue but the source of pain cannot be found
Endometriosis-a visceral pain stemming from uterine tissue growing outside of the uterus and causing multiple complications
Anxiety or Depression-headaches or full body pain that stems from psychological problems, illustrating the connection between mind and body
Back pain and Arthritis-there are several types of arthritis which can range from mild to extremely painful. Originates in the joints but can even affect nerves and skin.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease-painful chronic inflammation in the digestive tract which causes several types of complications that limit activity and cause misery
Chronic pain is misunderstood, but those who live with it have an opportunity to teach doctors and family what it is like. Use your experiences to help others and offer hope.
Some solutions can be found with the help of a trusted physician. They may help you to incorporate medication, bearable physical activity and other changes that may promote some relief. Do not give up on finding hope in each day.
Be your own advocate and keep trying until you are able to find some relief.
To understand more about chronic pain, do your research.
I found a great lecture on YouTube called “Management of Chronic Pain: Getting to the Root of Persistent Pain” www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMhSDXzqT9Q it explains the science and the reality of chronic pain.