By Kristen Spinola in The Mighty.
Chronic pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle. The truth is that chronic pain always brings friends. These added challenges are obvious, but rarely taken into consideration by “healthy” people. Remembering that like all bullies, chronic pain travels with a gang can help to better understand the life of someone in chronic pain.
When you are in pain it can be very hard to think beyond the pain and see the big picture. So in many cases, even those in chronic pain may not realize that’s what’s making them tired, sleepless, cranky, ruining their concentration, their self-esteem, and causing them to isolate themselves. So if you love someone who is suffering from chronic pain and notice some or all of these other symptoms, show a little extra compassion as you now know why they are feeling that way. Maybe even offer some insight if they aren’t aware, but be kind about it. We need kind words and gentle hugs more than anything else in the world.
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