I was going to post a reply to a comment but the more I got into it, the more I started thinking this should probably be its own topic.
I have been a chronic pain sufferer for approximately 4 years now. I am still learning about this disease and how to control it. I have run into major road blocks trying to get support from family and friends in trying to keep this under control. At first, I thought chronic pain was about pain medications and keeping the pain down. I had been in accidents as a youth suffering broken arms, wrists, concussions, burns, etc. These hurt very much but I was able to get through without much trouble and without much pain medications. I was able to mentally block much of the pain and just push through the problems until my body was able to heal.
I have learned over the years with chronic pain that to just tough it out and push through doesn't work. When dealing with chronic pain, it just makes it worse (At least in my case). I think this is where normal family members, friends, etc get lost. It is also where I got lost in the beginning. I have learned over time that intense pain 24 / 7 causes weird things to happen to the body physically which is why we need pain medication often around the clock. It also causes major psychological issues which is why we need anti-depressant medications. This one took me the longest to learn.
I am trying to learn how to teach my loved ones about this. I still get the just quit the meds and your body will adjust I know this doesn't work but after getting pushed so long and hard, I start to believe it and give it a try. It usually ends up with me being beyond miserable pain wise as well as having massive anger and depression issues. In thinking about how we deal with chronic pain and how to teach others about it, the term TORTURE came across my mind. What most if not all of us deal with on a daily basis is nothing more than good ol fashioned torture. In wars, interrogations, etc, how do you get people to crack? How do you get them to be so distraught that they will tell you anything to get relief? What is it that gets people to think that death is a better alternative than what they are dealing with on a daily basis?
Is Chronic Pain just another term for Torture? I know we have a lot of intelligent people on here so I thought this might be an interesting take on how I'm feeling. Maybe it will give me a new angle to try and get people to understand what we are really going through.
What do you all think?