I am a new member and this is my first time posting.
I have had migraines for 37 years and now they are chronic.
I also have degenerative disc disease in C1-6 with spasms in the shoulder and chronic neck pain.
My story is so long with numerous tests, and doctors involved. You name it I have tried it.
If it were not for not wanting to cause my family pain I would have taken my life 10 years ago.
My husband tries to be supportive but my illness has had a huge impact on our marriage and quality of life.
Like so many other stories on this site do not have any outward signs of illness and when I go out in public try to look my best and put on a happy face.
I find such frustration when I do get the courage to tell friends or extended family about my chronic pain. I know there is no way to truly understand how someone else feels unless you could crawl into their skin. I must say however that I am so weary of the issue being taken lightly or treated as not a serious illness. I am a nurse and until I had chronic pain I as well as my colleagues would find those seeking pain medication etc. with suspicion and a lack of compassion due to the few patients that did misuse narcotics etc. Now I am on the other side of the issue and I feel this sense of shame when I seek pain relief as I know the attitude that the medical profession can often have toward us. These are people that should know better.
I have been actually told by a primary care Dr. that he felt my insomnia, and depression could be bipolar disorder.
I was so upset by this that I went for 5 months to a psychologist with a PHD to show him that this was not so and took the letter to him from this Dr. stating that I did not in her opinion have any symptomology of bipolar disorder but instead had depression and insomnia due to chronic pain. Hello!!