the other night, after being treated less than desirably when trying to renew my insurance, i began wondering if anyone who has chronic pain and is impoverished by it has even been treated badly.
i used to be witty and pretty and a swanky dresser. now i don't have energy to put on make-up, wash my hair, put on jewelry--what i haven't sold lol--etc. i find that i'm being treated differently by people.
i'm starting to wonder if people with chronic pain are a 'hidden minority'.
i know people fear chronic pain, but i'm sick of being treated as if i'm a leper. at least the lepers had colonies
has anyone had any experiences where being disabled by chronic pain has caused someone in professonal world to treat you less than fairly?
please let me know if you are. i've had people tell me that i should write a book about chronic pain. i don't know if i have the energy-- i still have 2 novels to finish and can't--but i am wondering if anyone else has experienced prejudice due to chronic pain.
it seems that, especially now, due to the increase in mail-order pharmacies and non chronic pain people becoming addicted to pain meds, that we who do suffer are becoming atrue minority group and that some of us are the victims of prejudice.
i was just told that i was a bad risk from an allstate agent. i've been with the company for 20 years with not a single accident to ticket. and i've had chronic pain for 11 of those years. i've never told someone i'm disabled prior, but lately the pain has been so bad that i was trying to get my insurance changed from ca to nv without having to go in and sit for an hour. the agent never smiled at me and bit my head off when i asked him if there was a way to decrease the insurance since it was 2x as expensive in nv--from 680 a year to 1490. i don't think it was an unusual question, but my father had called and told him i was disabled and wanted to do it over the phone or he wanted to do it for me. (the allstate main office apologized when i complained, btw, so it was just the agent.)
maybe i'm just ultra sensitive right now. it's hard being alone and disabled and without a doctor at present, but besides being in pain and on the verge of tears constantly, i don't do anything that i feel should make people treat me with less respect than a normal person....