If you have chronic pain, you know how debilitating it can be. You also know how frustrating it is when people tell you that you “don’t look sick” or “don’t look like you’re in that much pain.” Why won’t they just believe that you hurt?
Two reasons. First, chronic pain is very different from the pain you have from an injury (also called acute pain). Second, while most people have experienced a fair amount of acute/injury pain, they’ve never experienced chronic pain. They think pain = pain and don’t realize that the quality of chronic pain is very different to that of an injury.
There are many causes of chronic pain and many ways to reduce it. Depending on the cause, it may not be possible to totally eliminate your chronic pain, but together we can usually reduce the intensity of the pain and the frequency of the flare ups.
Researchers around the world are studying all aspects of pain. What causes it, how it really works (we’ve had it wrong for a long time), and what makes it better. That’s good news if you have chronic pain because we now realize how complex the problem is.
Understanding that complexity means taking a multi-faceted approach to your pain. It may also mean multiple healthcare providers. When your healthcare provider understands the complexity of your pain, they won’t shame, blame, or otherwise dismiss your experience simply because it doesn’t match theirs.
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