All of us have suffered pain at some point in our lives, from teething when we were babies, that swear inducing stumped toe, a headache or a broken bone, these incidents of pain are called acute pain, its a pain that can range from an ouch to severe pain, its a pain that is caused by injury or disease.
Chronic pain is pain that lasts more than six months and it can range from mild to absolute agony where you just don’t know what to do with yourself, it can appear in episodes or it can be continuous and the level of pain can fluctuate. Chronic pain is pain such as a back injury, joint pain from arthritis, pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia and sinusitis (the list is long) and it affects people not only physically but emotionally as well.
Chronic pain can originate from injury or surgery but it can also occur without any apparent source and this can lead to doctors not believing the person who is presenting themselves with chronic pain. Chronic pain affects you emotionally and this can make the pain worse and many sufferers end up with depression, anxiety and fatigue, many can end up feeling angry and this then puts extra pressure on relationships.
There is much more to chronic pain but this is my understanding and experience of chronic pain, mine has been apparently caused by surgery and its changed me physically and emotionally. Chronic pain has changed me from a sociable man who was fairly fit to today where I no longer like socialising and small tasks whether physical or mental leave me fatigued and burning hot.
For me the worst thing is people’s attitudes and perception of me, people including family and friends struggle to understand or believe my chronic pain, I was going to write because after that but the truth is I don’t know why?