The impact on people and society is immense, both in measurable ways, like the amount spent on health care or the hours of work missed. It can also have an impact in many more subtle ways.
Chronic pain can stem from an injury, or an infection (even an ear infection). It can also have an ongoing cause like arthritis, cancer, or diabetic neuropathy, or result from coexisting chronic pain conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, fibromyalgia, and endometriosis, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Sometimes there is no clear cause.
There’s a big difference between acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain occurs with an injury or damage to the body, and it goes away as the body heals. Chronic pain changes from an injury-related pain to a pain that persists, from a temporary state to a disease state of chronic syndrome.
Pain will change you but you don’t have to let it define you. Here are some pain quotes that may help you feel stronger and better able to cope.
“The erosion of an effective patient-physician relationship has no place when dealing with chronic pain. Worst of all, dismissing the patient’s pain is as devastating as crushing a patient’s hope.”
― Melissa Cady
“The erosion of an effective patient-physician relationship has no place when dealing with chronic pain. Worst of all, dismissing the patient's pain is as devastating as crushing a patient's hope.”Melissa Cady