some chronic pain truths please read

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by MssDarla, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. MssDarla

    MssDarla New Member

    I thought this was cool and worth sharing.....I might need to print it and send it to my family. Or even post on the

    Here are some chronic pain truths.
    People with chronic pain don’t mean to be unreliable.

    When feeling better we promise things and mean it, when in serious pain, we may not even show up.

    An action or situation may result in pain several hours later, or even the next day. Delayed pain is confusing to people who have never experienced it.

    Pain can inhibit listening and other communication skills. It's like having someone shouting at you, or trying to talk with a fire alarm going off in the room.

    The effect of pain on the mind can seem like attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD). So you may have to repeat a request, or write things down for a person with chronic pain.

    Don't take it personally, or think that they are stupid.

    The senses can overload while in pain. For example, noises that wouldn't normally bother you, seem too much. Patience may seem short. We can't wait in a long line, we can't wait for a long drawn out conversation.

    It is normal to be depressed occasionally when you hurt.

    Knowing where a refuge is, such as a couch, a bed, or comfortable chair, is as important as knowing where the bathroom is. A visit is much more enjoyable if the chronic pain person knows there is a refuge if needed.

    Pain can sometimes trigger psychological disabilities (usually very temporary). When in pain, a small task, like hanging out the laundry, can seem like a huge wall, too high to climb over. An hour later the same job may be quite OK.

    Pain can come on fairly quickly and unexpectedly. Pain sometimes lessens after a short rest.

    Small acts of kindness can seem like huge acts of mercy to a person in pain. Your offer of a pillow or a cup of tea can be a really big thing to a person who is feeling temporarily helpless in the face of encroaching pain.

    Not all pain is easy to locate or describe. Sometimes there is a body-wide feeling of discomfort, with hard to describe pains in the entire back, or in both legs, but not in one particular spot you can point to.

    Our vocabulary for pain is very limited, compared to the body's ability to feel varieties of discomfort.

    We may not have a good "reason" for the pain. Medical science is still limited in its understanding of pain. Many people have pain that is not yet classified by doctors as an officially recognised "disease". That does not reduce the pain, it only reduces our ability to give it a label and to have you believe us.

    by the way here is the site; if interested, some good info[This Message was Edited on 06/20/2006]

    and most of all:
    "Pain is whatever the experiencing person says it is,
    existing whenever the experiencing person says it does"
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  2. cycling

    cycling New Member

    Thank you for this post I think it says alot.
  3. MssDarla

    MssDarla New Member

    Just think its worth reading
  4. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    That's all, just thank you!