What It’s Like Living With Chronic Pain In Your Twenties

Chronic Pain

 

By Kate Harveston in Thought Catalog.

 

I’ve always looked at posters showing the impact of cigarette smoking on the inside of the lungs and thought that if I could figure out a way to illustrate how I feel on the inside when I look fine on the outside, the image likely would turn stomachs, too.

Suffering chronic pain in young adulthood presents unique challenges, as I have discovered through my experiences with chronic migraine with no official “cause.” I’ve endured far more than my share of raised eyebrows when my condition prohibits me from doing otherwise fun, “twenty-something” things. If I had a dime for every time someone said, “Oh, but you look fine,” I think I’d be cruising the Mediterranean right now! I want to share my experience so other young people who also suffer chronic pain will know they are not alone.

Woes In The Workplace

When you’re in your twenties, people often expect you to possess the energy of a toddler, the optimism of a 5-year-old on Christmas Eve, and the physical endurance of a peak triathlete. Some friends will expect you to be able to dance until dawn and still make it to work on time the next day. When you have chronic pain, making it into the office often proves challenging enough even after a full night’s sleep.

 

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