Published by Huffington Post
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than twelve weeks. Twelve weeks worth of pain sounds horrendous to most people. Unthinkable to others.
But what if that pain goes on for twelve months? Twelve years? What if that pain just goes on and on and on with no end in sight?
That’s what life is like for millions of people worldwide. Pain every single day.
It’s not pleasant. It’s not pretty. But it’s life. And for many people, it’s really quite a difficult, ugly kind of life.
When someone has chronic pain, their pain dictates what they can and, more often, can’t do. They can’t always go for that coffee when a friend asks. They aren’t always able to go to a family wedding. They may not manage to go to their own mother’s birthday party.