Published by Kansas City Star
Rhonda Enzinna has discovered it’s nice to be in a room where people accept that her hurting is real.
She knows that tepid “hmm” that clinicians and others express when Enzinna, 61, of Kansas City, tells them she has lived with pain since she was a girl.
In chilly or windy weather, and when she touches an ice cube, her neck, limbs and joints feel as if they’re on fire.
Two years ago, Enzinna joined an upstart group that believed her, fervently. Most of its members suffered, too, and all were fed up with a health care network that commonly regarded chronic pain with suspicion.
“There’s this belief that certain people exaggerate their pain,” said Enzinna. As a result, doctors sometimes would prescribe her antidepressants but nothing to combat the physical plight.