This is a great article to pass along to friends and family. While we (those with a type of pain affliction), know and sometimes even understand what is going on with our body, we truly suffer from multiple directions. Not only are we stuck with the pain, we are also stuck in our own heads with what to do with this knowledge. Pain, being an invisible illness doesn’t help us in the least. It is impossible for us to relate the measure of our pain – either physical or emotional. There is no way for those without pain to relate to us, and in most cases pain can cause a wedge in relationships. It is exceptionally difficult to keep up with the daily grind and pretend like nothing is wrong. Hopefully this article can shed some light to those you choose to share it with. Another excellent resource to share with friends and family is: butyoudontlooksick.com run by a phenomenal silent-illness advocate (Christine Miserandino).
Areas of the brain that process physical pain share real estate with our emotion centers, making a multipronged approach to pain treatment essential.
No doubt many people suffering from chronic pain have heard the phrase, “It’s all in your head.” The reality is that all pain — whether caused by a broken leg or fibromyalgia — is processed in the brain, right alongside parts of the brain that regulate emotions.
This overlap between emotion and pain, however, is not a roadblock to better health. Instead, it can provide a pathway for people to gain control over their chronic pain.
“I’ve found that being positive and optimistic, staying hopeful, and really focusing on helping other people has been a wonderful way to get through it,” said Ashley Boynes-Shuck, a blogger and health advocate from Pittsburgh, Pa. She has been coping with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and chronic pain since she was ten years old.