It’s important to keep real talk about pain conversations open. Living in silence and in pain is now taboo. Just think, you’re in good company when statistics show that over 100 million Americans are going through the same thing. Your family, friends, and of course, your doctor should all be a part of this open pain conversation.
After all chronic pain is real!
Famous people like Kyle Richards of the RHOBH and Lady Gaga have come out openly about their struggle with chronic pain.
Real Talk Pain With Kyle Richards:
Kyle shared how much it would mean to her to finally be rid of this chronic pain. “That would be amazing to think, you know, that I could just be free of these symptoms and my husband would never have to hear about it again,” Kyle said.
Real Talk Pain With Lady Gaga:
You are sick, sick, sick, but “you don’t look sick,” and so you begin to ask yourself the age-old question: How do you prove what can’t be seen? People can and will ask, “Is it really there? Are you sure? How do you know?” but this conversation will not benefit you in any way.
One pain suffer described her symptoms of fibromyalgia with a bout of sciatica:
“After that the symptoms snowballed until I was only able to function with the aid of slow release morphine patches. These allowed me to continue to do just enough to support myself and in between, I was bedridden,” she explains. “Over the 23 years, I tried every kind of treatment and therapy that gave any glimmer of hope of getting well and being able to feel normal. The pain took the joy out of life, everything was painful. I socially checked out, just stayed in bed all day.”
Chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia are still widely misunderstood both in society and even among some doctors. The lack of visibility can lead to misunderstanding among people who don’t suffer from the condition.
The top misconception is that people think fibromyalgia isn’t a real medical problem or that it is “all in your head.” … In people who have fibromyalgia, the brain and spinal cord process pain signals differently. As a result, they react more strongly to touch and pressure, with a heightened sensitivity to pain. It is a real physiological and neurochemical problem.
Some New York pain management doctors treat chronic pain with non surgical alternative methods that reduce pain without the dash of addiction. These pain specialists utilize therapeutic injections into the spine (epidurals), nonopioid therapies, such as physical therapy, or other procedures, such as radio frequency ablation, a medical procedure whereby high energy radio waves are used to heat up the nerves in order to prevent the transmission of pain signals.