I'm writing a project kon chronic pain, and I need you all to help! I need you to give me topic ideas, e.g- relationships, school, work etc. These should be things that are affected by chronic pain, not specific medical topics (like what causes arthritis). If you have some ideas, please drop them below!
Perhaps you can write an article that explains how many people end up alone and lose both friendships and boyfriends/girlfriends/significant others because after being in the relationship for a while, it seems that many times it doesn't work out because it is very hard for a person who does not have the problems of chronic pain and certain diseases that cause them, they can't wrap their head around the problem. Alot of times it seems that we end up lonely and alone. It is very hard to keep up appearances (a smile on your face, trying to show that you have energy, a sense of humor, etc... It's not easy). Perhaps that is the place that you can start.
I agree with what alwayzinpain said. That is one aspect that normal people tend to start being judgemental when someone in chronic pain does not get their head around certain issues.
I've seen many people who suffers themselves and are not supported by family and friends which is really sad. People do chalk it up to being lazy and tired and offers little to no sympathy towards that individual. If only those people can understand the intensity of pain when one suffers with chronic pain.
I agree with all that's been said so far. The overall consumption of life to the loss of family, friends, and significant others is overwhelming. As the pain takes over, everything else is blotted out. I am unable to perform the simplest of tasks, wanting more for my life.
I think that people forget about pain as is own special disability. People forget that you want to be around them. I get crap because adults tend to think I'm just being lazy, especially since I'm a teen.
Ugh, seriously, adults can be awful to kids/teens when they don't understand or don't care to understand that they can have chronic pain too. I was born with my medical condition, and I have never known a day free of pain. I still can't believe how cruel teachers and friends parents could be. Especially teachers. I was picked on a little for my issues by other kids, but my mom must have been at my school hundreds of times during my school years because of things teachers said or did.
I don't know if this is a high school project or college. So I don't know if this is appropriate. But with marriage and significant others. I guess it has to be depending on the type of pain and intensity. But because of this, there is a lack of intimacy in relationships. The intimacy that was once there has to replaced by a strong friendship or the relationship will not survive. The relationship has to be built on something more then intimacy. It takes a special person to do without that and stick around. I know the bed that my wife use to be the person next to me. Now I am surrounded by several pillows to take pressure of several areas of pain. And at present, i can't even sleep in a bed. I am stuck in a recliner because of cyst in my arms from parasites. But that is an issue.
Chronic pain affects: relationships; work; housework & gardening; inability to help others like aging parents, schoolchildren with homework, friends with gardening/home projects; exercise; going out to theatre,dinner,cinema; shopping; cooking; home projects; travelling; makes you exhausted so you don't have much energy to do what you would like to whatever it is.