Inside the Mind of this Chronic Pain Sufferer
Update: Recently, a popular show on Netflix titled, Afflicted, seem to promise to shed some light on the stigma associated with chronic pain sufferers. While no one discounts that there is a mind-body connection to healing, many people are facing some very serious chronic health issues that extend far beyond this approach. Sadly, this show perpetuates the same old stigma that the pain is all in their heads, which has prompted a petition by many of its viewers to end the show. As upsetting as it is, I don’t believe censorship in America is the answer, but I can’t help but wonder if this might prompt the series producers to hear the voices of those in pain and reconsider how they are depicting those suffering. If you've seen it, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. You are not alone.
Chronic Pain is RealPatients experiencing chronic pain, fog and fatigue may have a conglomeration of symptoms that make it difficult to pinpoint one solid diagnosis (see Healing from Pain, Mental Fog and Fatigue). As a result, they are an enigma to physicians who don't see their patients getting better, and a frustration to family and friends who assume they're either being lazy, may be faking symptoms, or simply just depressed, because they appear normal on the outside (see Where did my Wife Go?).
Although written stylistic different from my other posts, I wanted to write something through the eyes of my own past experiences when I was at the height not being able to function in day to day activities and did not know that I was a carrier of a genetic mutation that may have triggered these symptoms (See Are You a Mutant?). I wanted to give families living with chronic pain sufferers an inside look into the mind of someone experiencing this ailment. It was meant to give them a better understanding of what they go through every day and perhaps a dialogue can be created to help them along their journey to healing. All my best!