Chronic pain is increasingly rampant today.
Yet, chronic pain and chronic illnesses are often invisible. In many cases there are no casts, visible rashes or runny nose involved.
Chronic pain sufferers often appear “normal,” perhaps only a bit more fragile or sad than average.
I suffered from chronic headaches for four-and-a-half years and from chronic hip pain for two-and-a-half years.
Often I looked depressed, uninterested and angry, when I was simply in pain.
There were many days I couldn’t get out of bed. Following a conversation became difficult at times.
I lost a job due to my pain. I canceled plans and ignored friends.
I felt misunderstood and alone. I was suffering. I know the answer was out there and eventually I healed myself.
Yet at the time I wanted to scream from the top of my lungs all the things all chronic pain sufferers want you to know:
1. Just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean I am not in pain.