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photo credit: WirosI’ve had people remind me “no one ever died from pain” before after I’ve complained that I hurt, and I’ve learned to take it with a few grains of salt (normally one isn’t enough). Earlier this week while at my “other job,” I came across a Health Central post that shocked me. I don’t know what to do from here. I just know I am miserable frightend me because in it, I saw myself. “I am a 29 year old woman trapped inside of the body of a 100 year old woman,” are the type of words I use on a day-to-day basis. This woman took words from my heart when she wrote “the real condition I have is chronic pain. It is chronic, but unfortunately, it is not terminal. People look at me and see a healthy girl. They say, ‘You are so young, you have your whole life ahead of you.’ Those words are the most depressing thing I have ever heard in my whole life. Telling me that I have another 40 to 50 years of this? Please, please just stab me in the chest. Over and over.”Chronic pain is hard to understand, sometimes it’s simply impossible to figure out. Oftentimes the source of the pain is hard to pin down, and sometimes patients are treated as though it’s just in their head. Even when the medical community knows where the pain is coming from, it’s not always curable, and the treatments aren’t always ideal. While medicines can numb the pain, it can also numb your brain. I work with numbers and my job requires absolute accuracy; if my brain is numb, a mistake could cost me my job.Ellen from WEGOHealth brings up some good points for those who know someone with chronic pain.
- Listen to them.
- Seek to understand them, but consider them innocent until proven guilty.
- Assist them in finding the relief they need.
- Stand up for them if they cannot for themselves! You can be their voice when they cannot speak for themselves, or if in speaking they are ignored. If they’re not finding relief, it’s not what they need.
- Don’t give up on them. They need your strenth, your friendship, your love. If you think you’re sick of it, consider how tired of it they are.
It is tragic that it takes a death to bring chronic pain into the news, but it offers me a chance to remind readers of the other 1 million people who live with chronic pain and what they can do to help out.