Chronic pain syndrome I found, was a diagnosis used when there wasn't a clear explanation for the pain I was experiencing. I had spent many appointments begging and pleading for an explanation to why I was hurting if I wasn't broken. It made no sense to me really. If I'm not broken...why am I hurting still? This confusion lead me on an exhausting search.
Whether your diagnosis is Chronic Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, or any of the other many illnesses that can cause pain, pain affects your life and it changes it too...no sense in sugar coating things here. Learning about your pain is an important part to gaining control over it and minimizing the impact pain has on your life.
Although I wasn't able to find an explanation that satisfied my questions to my satisfaction, I am more aware of my body and my needs and more capable in managing my pain. The more you know...the more prepared and ready you will be for what your pain will bring to your life.
The following isn't an explanation for pain but additional information to consider.....
"Chronic pain can be destructive to a person's life-style and outlook on life. The patient's initial reaction is often one of frustration and anger. Often it becomes difficult for the patient to express this anger, because family and friends become tired of hearing about it. The more anger the patient feels, the more difficult it is to express true feelings. The patient may even begin to feel that no one believes the pain is real.
If the person is not allowed to express his or her feelings, the anger is suppressed or turned inward and causes depression. The symptoms of depression can include extreme fatigue, inability to sleep, lack of interest in surroundings, lack of appetite or excessive appetite, guilt feelings, sexual impotence, and withdrawal from social activities. The depressed person suffers from a lack of self-esteem and feels worthless or a burden to others. Severe depression may contribute to suicide and chemical dependency.
As the pain continues, the person withdraws and becomes inactive. This physical inactivity aggravates the situation, because the muscles and joints become stiff and begin to deteriorate and endorphin production stops."
This information comes to you from the text book of basic nursing fifth edition written by Caroline Bunker Rosdahl, RN, BSN, MA
(specifically chapter 52 page 464)
This is a text book that I used while in college and have referenced many times since. The above was re-typed exactly as it is in the text book.
Please remember this information is shared for your educational and informational use and not meant as a diagnosis for what you are living with. If you have further questions from what you read here, please speak with your doctor or health care provider.
take good care of you