By Christen Marie in The Mighty.
For those of us dealing with chronic pain or chronic illness such as fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, or any host of other physical or mental health issues, there is often this one overriding issue that can wreak havoc on our lives and yet be very difficult to explain to the average person. Chronic fatigue.
Chronic fatigue can often be diagnosed as an accompanying symptom or even it’s own separate syndrome – chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), yet so many people struggle with it and find it incredibly difficult explain to the support people in their lives. Personally, I struggle with chronic pain due to a nerve damage related injury, however, since then, I have also been diagnosed as having both fibromyalgia and CFS. I am constantly exhausted additionally by both pain and medication as are many people are who face the exhaustion of their illness and the side effects of medication.
In 2003, when trying to explain the units of limited energy that someone struggling from chronic pain or illness may have, Christina Miserandino, wrote an essay in which she coined the term the “Spoon Theory.” While this theory does adequately explain things, I find that most people look at me like I am odd when I start trying to explain terms of energy in comparison to spoons.
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