Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How to Understand Someone With Chronic Pain - wikiHow

 
"Get over the need to give platitudes about the value of exercising and fresh air. For a chronic pain sufferer, "getting out and doing things" does not make the pain vanish and can often exacerbate the problems. Bear in mind that you don't know what they go through or how they suffer in their own private time. Telling them that they need to exercise, or do some things to "get their mind off of it", may frustrate them to tears, and is not correct advice, especially if you're not medically trained and haven't got a clue. If they were capable of doing some things any or all of the time, they would."

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I can't tell you how many reasonably intelligent people have told me to exercise my way back to health, and called me a liar for saying that would actually make matters worse.
 
In point of fact, I'm already doing more than the experts think I should be doing.  The advice you SHOULD be giving me is "rest more". 

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