Going to get straight to the point because that is all that matters.

Most chronic pain patients have gone through A LOT so if the practitioner asks them to describe or rate their own pain there is sometimes a very vague response or simply an expression of just plain unsure! And this does not mean that they are “not” in pain or “are” in pain but it can also mean that they have had pain for so long that they/nervous system has become de-sensitized to their own body. Therefore, they have an extremely hard time trying to describe how much pain they feel at a particular moment, especially if the practitioner is bluntly rushing them! There is a reason why chronic pain patients search for help and it is not because they want to, it is because they “have” to. This may seem “obvious” to anyone but the lack of empathy and interpersonal connection in professional and personal settings show otherwise. It’s true that it is really hard for others who do not suffer from chronic pain to “understand” someone with chronic pain but this needs to change! This is where compassion and the “Open mind-set” comes in because this is required to understand even if it is only “slightly.” Too many people fail to show compassion and have that open mind until it is too late.

What do I mean? What I’m trying to say is unless a “drastic or dramatic” situation occurs such as most “INSPIRATIONAL” videos which elicits “EPIPHANIC” realizations, many people choose not to or have little interest in showing compassion and turning on their mind! Of course this isn’t everybody but it is likely the majority.

So I suggest, showing compassion and consideration and have that open mind-set before it gets extremely drastic or fatally dramatic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_HryMQzH4MChronic Canadian National Anthem for National Pain Awareness Week

~Open Our Minds

  1. Sarah Rose says:

    To someone suffering with chronic pain this is really important for people to know. We need people to be open-minded about our individual situations, especially physicians. The stigma is often worse than the pain itself.

    • jackiewong88 says:

      Hey Sarah, yes I completely agree with the point about the societal stigmas for chronic pain. I went through it myself (although incomparable to more severe cases) and is the very reason I wish to spread this message! To me, stigma is creating too many narrow minded people and physicians. Also, chronic pain patients are some of the strongest individuals because they have to be, with the little support received and I believe that their experience is priceless to changing this stigma. So please help me spread this message as well. 🙂

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