Chronic pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle, the truth is chronic pain always brings friends. These added challenges are obvious, but rarely taken into consideration by “healthy” people. Remembering that like all bullies chronic pain travels with a gang can help to better understand the life of someone in chronic pain.
Pain is exhausting. We have all had a bad headache, a twisted knee, or a pulled muscle, and by the end of the day it is a monumental effort just to read the mail. You may not have consciously realized it, but the pain that has relentlessly nagged you through out the day has drained you as bad as any flu. Even when you try to ignore pain it will stay in the back of your mind, screaming for attention, draining away all of your energy.