Getting the Picture Across: Improve How You Talk About, and Think About, Chronic Pain Using Insights from Art Therapy

Getting the Picture Across: Improve How You Talk About, and Think About, Chronic Pain Using Insights from Art Therapy

Chronic Illness, Fibromyalgia, Medication, Research, Tips
It‘s almost funny that the single word pain is supposed to mean all of the different sensations you feel when you live with a chronic pain condition. The numbering system out of 10 doesn’t capture chronic pain very well. Are we adding all the pains up and finding an average, or talking about one painful area at a time?. Beyond the intensity of pain, what about the quality of the pain? Often, I find it hard to describe in words how different ‘pains’ physically feel, especially to someone who does not have chronic pain. Sometimes a metaphorical image captures it best. Images can elicit a very physical response, bypassing the analytical parts of your brain. If I describe the sensation of a dentist drill, whirring away, drilling a hole deep…
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