Dealing with chronic pain can be frustrating, especially when others can’t see your pain from the outside. Diseases such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are illnesses that create “invisible” pain. These illnesses are very real and there are ways to help others understand.
When a physical injury occurs, such as wrenching your back, others easily see it. However, when there doesn’t appear to be a physical injury, many often question whether or not you’re truly in pain or exaggerating. Those who deal with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome know this feeling all to well. The reason behind is this that many people simply don’t understand the condition and have difficulties believing something they can’t see.
The Challenges of Invisible Illnesses
Dealing with a chronic illness is no fun at all, especially one that can’t be easily explained to others. You may find yourself more isolated because your friends and family can’t bear to see you in pain.
Social isolation can be just the tip of the iceberg because many physicians often doubt fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and similar health issues. In many cases, workers’ compensation and personal injury cases have resulted in a stalemate because the cases become expert versus expert with no one winning.
Oftentimes, doctors recommend patients seek mental health treatment simply because there’s no physical reason for the amount of pain they’re experiencing. Those dealing with “invisible” illnesses are often labeled as chronic complainers and receive little to no sympathy from family, friends, co-workers, and even doctors.
If you have to convince your current doctor that you’re in pain, you’re seeing the wrong doctor. Taking a holistic approach is a much better option because these specialists are much more familiar with these conditions.
Visiting a chiropractor is one of the best things you can do for yourself, especially when dealing with a chronic “invisible” illness. Chiropractors are specifically trained these areas and can help you create and implement a strategy to help keep your flare ups manageable.
To your health,
Dr. Roger Sahoury