My name is Denise and I recently signed up for 2 online chronic pain support groups. I hope to be able to dialogue with individuals who - like myself - are dealing with chronic pain. I had been in therapy with a student-therapist at xxx PA, but I realized after 5 months of relating my personal experiences the student-therapist just didn't get it. At my last session last week the therapist stated he thought my chronic pain was exacerbated because I 'seem' to be the type of person who gets easily agitated. This student-therapist would frequently say, 'So what you're saying is___. Correct me if I'm wrong.' Many times I found myself re-phrasing the main points I wanted to discuss; very frustrating indeed. To summarize what I told this student-therapist, I do become agitated, at times. But, my agitation comes from my having to deal with my chronic pain on a daily basis since 2005, and still have to meet the day-to-day physical demands of everyday living as best I can. I have to push through my pain and get things done as I have no one to help me. To add to my physical and - at times - emotional overload, I have my parents who - although they're divorced & live separately - each sustained an injury in 2000, and continually place demands upon me. One would think that because of my parents experience with chronic pain they would be able to empathize with me and what I go through physically and psychologically. It is my parents insensitivity and the lack of insight of extended family and friends that frustrates me, at times. I am currently out on disability and have had 'friends' ask me to do something for them during the course of the day because I'm home. I had surgery two months ago to implant a spinal cord stimulator and had someone - in a conversation - tell me they could relate to my post-op pain because, in the past, they'd strained their back while working out at the gym! It is interactions like the ones I've just mentioned that irk me because it's as if the person on the other end of the conversation is clueless, not to mention insensitive. In addition to signing up for online chronic pain support I have made an appointment with a psychiatrist who specializes in treating individuals with chronic pain.
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