Chronic pain is something that an estimated one in ten Americans will suffer from at some time in their lives. For many of us the search for chronic pain relief is a life-long battle. Chronic pain is debilitating physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Being almost constantly in pain can change who you are. It can make you feel like there is someone else living in your body. For many people, in the search for chronic pain relief the treatments for the symptoms can just make things worse. There are drugs that lessen the pain, but can leave a person incapable of cognitive function.
As a person who suffers from chronic pain, I hope that this blog can be of help to others who also live with pain every day. I explore alternative treatments for pain as well as ways to manage the psychological effects of constant pain. I will review products I and others have used, that I think can help my readers. I will share with you my own struggle to maintain the quality of life that I want.
I also find that chronic pain is often misunderstood , even by many in the medical profession. I know people who have been turned away by doctors who suspected them of just trying to get narcotics or looking for a way out of work. Unfortunately chronic pain is very real and there are people without this burden who just don’t know what to make of it. On the other hand it is hard to describe to another person what it is like to walk around hurting all day. Or the impact of waking up several times a night because it hurts so much you can’t stay asleep (despite sleeping medications and supplements.)
I hope that this blog can help others who live with chronic pain and give them a place to share their experiences and trade helpful tips on living with this.