Putting a human face on chronic pain – by Angela Yang
Pain is no stranger to me. Last year, I did a research project on chronic-pain patients and narcotics. Beforehand, I’d opined, brashly, “Doctors prescribe pain medications because it’s the easy way out.”
But when I visited the patients in their homes, I saw how crippling chronic pain can be. I learned that it can arise after losing people or things you love, or not being able to do things you once could do. Chronic pain robs people of jobs, family, self-worth, identity. It can tear the heart and crush the soul.
Here’s the problem:
My mentors say, “The goal isn’t to eliminate pain; it’s to cope with pain.”
But what does it mean “to cope with pain”?
Some of us with EDS ( Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder) have such loose joints that any upright position causes…
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