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  1. I have been following your posts for a while now and I am seeing such an improvement in your posts, I loved the photographs you chose for this post. I am no stranger to chronic pain, I have lived most of my life with chronic pain since a little boy. You never really get used to your pain, and many prescription pain drugs can damage your organs. I know I now live with kidney disease and intestine disease due to prescription drugs. I recommend people search for natural ways to live with their chronic pain.

    Jeff

    • Hello Jeff,
      Thanks for the compliment. The more I learn about the side effects of many prescription pain drugs the more I have become convinced that when possible people should search for natural ways to live with pain. Apart from internal damage, some drugs can do external damage such as peeling one’s skin. This can only make a stressful situation worse. In any case, I thank you for sharing your story.I believe that we are all better off when those in pain feel free to speak out.

  2. I love the analogy of pain in pictures. As an individual who suffers from Lupus and Chronic pain syndrome, I can relate. I make the choice daily to work through it. It is there but I can not let it own me, my day or my life. Some days are surely more difficult than others. I like to most closely relate to your last image. What lies behind it is “beautiful”. That is what I focus on and it gets me through a lot of it. I laughed at the multiple tab image and where the music was coming from. Haha, I know that feeling too! Thank you for the inspiring words and images. I will bookmark and return to this page for those tough days and the good 🙂

    • Hello Christina,
      Your strength, resilience, humor, and kindness is such an inspiration for me that I’m always happy if I can give a bit of inspiration back. I’m glad that the post spoke to you.

      Sincerely,

      Thabo

  3. Thank you for this very helpful article. To be honest, I have very little understanding of chronic pain. And your article with the pictures truly opened my eyes. I now understand better.

    Just a question – I have a problem with my body. The doctor diagnosed it as Frozen Shoulder. What happened was I used to go to the gym when I was younger. During one session, I dislocated my right shoulder. Being young and foolish, I daringly pulled my shoulder back into position. There was very little pain, and the shoulder seemed all right again.

    Now, decades later, I am paying the price for the foolishness. The shoulder has frozen, and it is has lost its flexibility. I find it hard to reach for things above my head. Also, when I sleep the should will pulsing ache pains that keeps me awake at night.

    Is this a chronic pain? And is there a way to cure this?

    • Hi Tim,

      As I am in the chronic pain niche I have become familiar with the issue of Frozen Shoulder. Chiropractic is an effective alternative treatment option for frozen shoulder because it focuses not on the symptoms, but on the root of the problem. For instance, pain medication treats pain—but not the underlying problem. Side effects from pain medication might only aggravate a person’s well being, and create complications but not resolution of the condition. Chiropractic can offer, most importantly, a preventive to occurrence and recurrence. More and more people are seeing the chiropractor for Frozen Shoulder. It might do you good to also consult a chiropractor. You might find that a combination of manipulation and deep massage therapy receives your condition. Frozen Shoulder can lead to deeper issues if not treated. So in that sense it might be considered chronic pain. However, with the right treatment it be kept from reoccurring. I hope that answers your question.

  4. This was an excellent article on how people feel that experience chronic pain. It really is important to try to understand how a person is suffering, I know I have family member that live with back problems and because of not understanding, I wonder if they are really in pain or using it as an excuse. After reading this article I feel horrible but now I know that at times maybe they just pack the pain away in that box and continue to live life the best they can.

    Your article has helped me to understand more of what my family is going through and I am forever grateful.

    • Hello Dena,
      Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s not easy to understand what a pain sufferer goes through. Even as a caregiver I sometimes find myself being impatient with my mom, like when she keeps asking me to repeat things. Then I have to take a step back and realize that when someone is in pain it can distort what they are hearing, like static on a radio. You may think you’ve said everything clearly, but to them it’s static. That’s what chronic pain can do. So, it’s not easy to always be empathic to those who live in pain. It’s something that all non-pain people have to get better at, including me. This is why I wrote this post.

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