San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:
Often times patients with chronic back pain find it hard to explain to others what they are experiencing. Unless someone has experienced chronic pain themselves, or have had someone very close to them with some sort of chronic pain syndrome, it is very difficult to comprehend what someone with chronic pain is going through.
This is especially true with chronic back pain, or chronic neck pain.
And back pain doctors can be the worst sometimes. I know first hand because I decided to become a chiropractor because of my life changing experience as a chiropractic patient with migraine headaches and chronic neck pain.
At one point (before I discovered chiropractic) I was told to brace for the worst because I most likely had a brain tumor.
I was treated like a laboratory experiment instead of a human being that was unable to function normally because of chronic headaches and neck pain. And it did not seem like there was anyone on the planet that could get a grasp on the situation until I discovered chiropractic.
My experience with chronic neck pain and headaches has helped me to help other chronic pain victims over the past 18 years, because I know first had what it feels like.
Anyway...I came across a (kind of funny) How-To-Guide on explaining chronic pain entitled How Do You Explain Chronic Pain to Others. Here is an excerpt from the article:
This information comes with a “CAUTION” as it is not to be used with anyone except the most obnoxious of our fellow humans and guarded from those who have a sincere concern for our health and well-being. I would hate for them to find out what evil lurks in my heart toward some select individuals I have had the misfortune to meet along the twisted trail of my life.
Chronic pain arrives with satchel in hand much like those huge termites on the
termination company commercials. You’ve seen those, haven’t you as this large,
repulsive over-sized termite knocks on the door and wants to come in? His
purpose is clearly to devour our homes and our lives. He is to be considered
the enemy as we declare war upon him and his intrusion. Don’t ever let him in.
Unfortunately, there are some individuals who resemble him. Don’t let them in,
2. Some doctors can be as insensitive as any other human because they have been told to “keep a professional distance” or haven’t a clue what they’re about. Give me a doctor who knows about pain from personal or family experience anytime over the one who has lived a pristine life of being spoiled, catered to and admired.
3. All male doctors should remember some of us are RN’s and know the male anatomy. We know exactly where to place a knee if driven too far by the glassy-eyed stare at the clock on the wall which indicates he either doesn’t care about what we’re saying or has already made up his mind about us based on our history; if he has read it at all. Beware. We know immediately whether you, male or female physicians, care about us at all and we are drawing our own conclusions, about you. “Power to the patient!” is our cry.
4. Wouldn’t it be lovely and rosy if each doctor treated us as they, themselves would like to be treated or if they thought of us as they would a parent, sister or brother. This applies only if their immediate family is comprised of understanding individuals endowed with saint like qualities; otherwise forget it. We would love you for it. You don’t know how badly we want to find physicians like you.
My Take: Just know that most people are not going to understand what it feels like to be in chronic pain...and unless they are a close friend or a family member, they probably could care less (unless they are trying to sell you something). Don't get discouraged, find support groups (and read blogs) of people with chronic pain and learn about treatment options that may be working for them. I know for myself, chiropractic turned out to be the answer. But nothing works for everyone.
Try to stay away from pain pills, OTC medications, and drugs if you can. It's doubtful that your chronic pain is from a deficiency of Motrin.
Consider the nutritional aspect of chronic pain. Dr. John McDougall, MD is a great resource.
And try to exercise frequently (which can be hard with chronic back pain or neck pain), because exercise helps with stress, which is a primary cause of pain (read: Exercise for Stress related Back Pain).
If you live in the SF Bay Area and would like to find out if you are a candidate for chiropractic care at Executive Express Chiropractic please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.