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Some people have been supportive and understanding about my pain, but I have learned that most are misinformed when it comes to chronic pain.
Here is a list of the top 10 misinformed comments that have been made (some by close friends) about my condition.
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When I got accepted into a chronic-pain-management program (Chronic Pain Program), I had been suffering from debilitating pain for almost six years.
I had absolutely no hope that the program could help me.
I thought the idea of a program meant to help better manage my pain was just plain stupid.
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Find a Balance
People living with chronic pain must find a healthy balance between talking too much about their pain and suffering in silence.
Consequences of Too Much Complaining
For years, when talking to family and friends, I complained only about my pain.
I was a healthy 27-year-old man disabled by pain. I was angry and didn’t know how to handle my disability. I didn’t even know how to handle the fact that I had a disability.
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I opened up a can of worms by secluding myself. Don’t make the same mistake.
Before the pain
Before chronic pain, I lived an active social life. At 27 years old, I worked full time and loved hanging out with my girlfriend and my buddies. I loved to joke around and just enjoyed being around people.
After the Pain
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What is Pacing?
Pacing involves planning and modifying your daily activities in order to avoid increasing your pain to intolerable levels (Pacing and Chronic Pain).
Consequences of Not Pacing Myself
I love to fish. I always have. During salmon season, I used to go down to the shore of Lake Ontario, stand on the rocks and fish for hours. When chronic pain set in, I stopped going altogether because, when I did go fishing, my once favorite past time became torture. I couldn’t stand for very long without the pain in my back and hip becoming unbearable.
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The first step in learning to live around chronic pain is, you guessed it, ACCEPTANCE. The problem is that it is also the hardest step.
From the first day I saw Dr. Stone, the pain specialist at the chronic-pain clinic I attend (Chronic Pain Clinic), we reviewed my medical history.
“I’m sorry son. But I have seen cases like this for over 20 years. You have chronic pain. I’m sorry to tell you, but you will most likely suffer from this pain for the rest of your life.”