On a more serious subject, I want to talk about pain.
There are many different types, and levels of pain – as well as reasons. All of it can be debilitating for most who suffer with it. Some aren’t able to benefit from pain management. No matter what the treatment, there seems to be no hope at times.
If you’ve never experienced extended periods of pain, it’s difficult to imagine the life of a person who suffers with it for nearly a lifetime.
Some pain disorders are still widely misunderstood, therefore extremely difficult to treat, leaving those who suffer in a terrible mental state. It’s like a domino effect of sorts.
As someone who suffers with what is considered mild arthritic neck pain (others I know would consider it intolerable given the burning pins and needles type of pain that travels to my hands), I can sympathize with those who suffer chronic pain for years. It wears a person down in all ways.
So, please, when you hear of a person who needs pain management, don’t always assume they’re an addict. Pain is very real, regardless of its origin.
I am one of the insane few who chooses to not medicate. Even when I have a blinding migraine, I’ll usually opt to just go to bed, instead of taking something.
And finally, one thing that definitely helps and lightens a person’s difficult day, whether or not they’re in pain, or enduring something else, ask them how they are, and offer them a warm smile and hug.