My recurring wrist pain flared up so badly a few weeks ago I started to wear a sling to give it some sort of rest. If you know me you would know I find it impossible to rest so the sling was just there to force me to think before I decided which actions I can manage and which I can’t.
What I have noticed is that when my pain became “visible” people suddenly acknowledged it was there and actually believed me. But as they noticed that it wasn’t going away over a period of a few weeks (like acute pain would) I felt judged again. The sling is to rest my arm and help my pain. I mean, I am totally annoyed at this wrist problem which isn’t connected to fibro/hyper mobility and i would love it to go away. The more I feel judged the less I rest it and then the longer it will take me to get better. I even got told that people with chronic pain shouldn’t drive because they wouldn’t be safe on the road… go away
I hate how differently chronic and acute pain is treated. It has made me so angry over the last few months when someone with a pulled muscle is treated better than me. I mean I am not looking for sympathy I just want my pain to be treated equally to those with acute pain.
Does the difference in the way people with acute and chronic pain are treated bother you? I wish people could see that chronic pain is real.