Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The hopeless world of chronic pain

You hardly ever here the words "chronic pain" mentioned especially in the medical field. It is called the "silent epidemic" because so many people suffer in silence. Chronic pain differs from Acute pain because normally acute pain is associated with an injury, a fall, broken arm, etc. Usually you get a lot of attention especially from your family because you were in pain for a while but now you are better. Not so with chronic pain. It never gets better. It is with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It never stops, its always there, unrelenting. Pretty soon even your family stops calling. It can be for a number of reasons. They feel helpless, don't know what to do to help, they get tired of seeing you the same way every time they come around. They don't understand why you don't get better.

I am one of those people. I have lived this way for 23 years and don't think it can't happen to you. Chronic pain knows no age, nationality, or race. Much of it is caused by the very profession that we look to for help. The medical profession!!

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