You sound like a real "trouper"-an amazingly strong person and I admire you.I can tell by the fact that you have made yourself go to work when it probably feels impossible to get out of bed.It amazes me that Dr's still refuse to treat pain. Misinformation has scared them and as a result there are a lot of people like you living with unbearable pain.I really hope your new Dr understands and will properly treat your pain.It has been a long struggle for me to have empathy for myself and let others help me.It isn't a sign of weakness- that is what a friend keeps telling me and I am starting to believe it after all these years.We all deserve help including you!Let me know if your new Dr is helpful.View Thread
I totally understand and it has and is a constant struggle both for friends and family but also within myself. My family raised me never to complain and I was taught to rise above pain but with my RA and a back injury I can't much of the time. What happens is I end up feeling bad about myself and shutting down.If I talk about my pain I am told to get over it and on my worst days someone will often say you look great.I thought they would understand because I have been a very strong person up until now and haven't had a lot of pain until this so I thought that they would understand it is real.I wish I had some helpful tip but for me it has been a long process and I get my support from other people dealing with similar issues.Hang in there.I try to be grateful and know there are people with more difficult situations but I do allow myself to feel sad and bad for a limited amount of time.It is hard to have this type of chronic pain and I hoping to come across an article that might help explain what I am going through.They might believe it if a Dr wrote about how hard it is.View Thread
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