I Live With Chronic Pain

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 299 People

    A Different Happy While In Chronic Pain

    I am a 31 year old newly married woman who is deeply in love with my husband, exited about life and in constant pain.I was never a healthy kid - and when I was 16 I began to get sick - by the time I was 18 I had constant pain.  I was diagnosed with...
    Happyali Happyali
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 16, 2010


    I consider my pain chronic.  It hurts badly.  Looking at me everyday, you may not see it and if it happens when the pain strike then I cannot hide it...it is too potent for me hiding it and even if I wanted to, I can't hide it anyway.  CHRONIC...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    Oct 3, 2011

    Bad Days

    Yep I get a lot of bad days. I am a pretty positive person but sometimes the pain is too much to bear.I was fit and healthy when I had my first car accident and injured my spine. I spent 6 weeks in a neck brace and most of my time flat on my back with terrible pain. Not one to be...
    HowMuchCanaKoalaBear HowMuchCanaKoalaBear
    41-45, F
    3 Responses May 9, 2012

    I Am A "card Carring Lifetime Member"

    I have a few ailments including Diabetes with leg and feet complications I am not obeese, my chit just dont work as it should , and Chronic Kidney Complications including infections and Dreaded STONES! I am not gonna complain because I know some members are in worse shape and...
    scruffydcat scruffydcat
    51-55, M
    1 Response May 6, 2012

    You Have to Laugh

    or you'll cry yourself to death.  o.k. background 1983, pulled muscles in my back catching a paitent while pregnant, never did heal right. around 85 popped three disc, they went back in after a couple of weeks and lots of pain. slowly had to start changing life style. by 92...
    sbigay sbigay
    46-50, F
    1 Response Apr 12, 2008

    Chronic Back Pain

    I have had chronic back pain for at least 15 years. In 1998 I had my first back surgery for a herniated disc. The surgery was a great success, but I rehurt myself. In 2007 and 2010 I had stenosis back surgeries. They helped to a degree. So here we are now April 1 tomorrow...
    siteorg siteorg
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2013

    Everyday Is Painful

    I have chronic pain in my back, left shoulder, both knees, both hips, and my left ankle. I've been in pain as long as I can remember. My stepfather broke my ankle when I was 4, they never took me to the hospital so it didn't heal properly. Arthritis set in and it pains me...
    Sylverwynd Sylverwynd
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 11, 2008

    But You Look So Healthy

    I have a rare neurological disorder that has caused chronic nerve damage.  The pain is intense and unbearable at times. At first the doctors thought I was simply trying to acquire pain killers for recreation but after batteries of tests and several months my condition was...
    zillaron zillaron
    51-55, M
    8 Responses May 18, 2009

    I Lost Everything Because Of Pain

    I'm a sufferer of cluster migraine, chronic migraine and migralepsy the pain and ilness became to much and I failed school. 1 year later, I'm being evicted by my parents because I have no job or education. Obviously I can't  have any of those, as 20 hours a day I'm just battling...
    SeaDragonST SeaDragonST
    18-21, M
    1 Response Feb 15, 2013

    Yet Another Story, Another Day Of Nothing But Pain

    Story after story I read, looking and finding so many others like me.So sorry for all the pain, wish it could be made to just go away.At first you can deal and go on???? But even though it may seem sudden you know its not. You become dependent on assisted walking, then any...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta
    51-55, F
    2 Responses May 7, 2012

    Hi I Am Chronic Pain

      Let me introduce myself to you, I am pain. Not just pain, but Chronic Pain. Sometimes I am a hot searing pain, other times I am a sharp shooting pain, cutting through you like a knife. And yet at other times I am like a root canal or toothache, which never...
    Livinginpeace Livinginpeace
    41-45, F
    8 Responses Jun 8, 2008

    I Have Fibromialgia

    i am a wife, a mother, an artist, a poet and a narcotics survivor. i have fibromialgia. as a result, i experience chronic pain, debilitating muscle spasms, joint tenderness and swelling,  nausea sometimes from the pain, and head aches. lt makes my life hard... but in turn i...
    lifeispoetry lifeispoetry
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jun 26, 2008

    Finding Strength In Suffering

    Sure, I don't want to be in pain. I ask God to take my pain, sometimes he does, sometimes he reduces it or doesn't take it at all. But I find strength knowing this, and when I stumble because of my pain I am reminded 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my...
    GalileosFinger GalileosFinger
    31-35, F
    Jul 17, 2013

    I Live In Pain

    I cannot remember a time in my life that i have no experienced some level of pain daily. I can remember being around 5 and telling my Mom that my legs had a headache because that was the only way I could think of to describe the pain. Oh you just have growing pains sigh how many...
    stubs stubs
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jun 26, 2009

    The Spoon Theory... An excellent read

    for anyone dealing with a chronic disease or diseases. Or a family member or friend who suffers from chronic illness. http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/
    PiercedBBW PiercedBBW
    26-30, F
    May 30, 2015

    Since I was around 13 it's gotten progressively

    worse, now I'm a stay at home mom with a lil one and one on the way. It's very very difficult to get by each day. Every day is a struggle.
    kaye23e kaye23e
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 4, 2014

    Man I'm Tired Of This

    I have been in so much agony for the past week. I wake up in the morning thinking " oh my God, another day to struggle through". But then I can't stay in bed because it hurts too much to lay in any position for too long. Sitting hurts, walking hurts. My nerves are on fire. The...
    GalileosFinger GalileosFinger
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Oct 23, 2012

    I am 18 years old with an autoimmune system

    disease, fibromyalgia, liver infection and a completely damaged back. I'm in severe pain nearly every day and I am so extremely sick all the time. I puke every night, have chronic stomach pain, can't eat much, I'm always exhausted and fall asleep during the day all the time, I...
    desereelynn desereelynn
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 2, 2014


    Honestly, the cronic pain I feel is so minut to so many others, I almost feel foolish saying anything.  I have Fybromyalgia which does cause great pain through out your body 24/7.  Many people do not realize just how much this can actually take your life away as how you...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom
    51-55, F
    11 Responses Nov 11, 2008

    More Meds

    So my day to day life has been pain. I'm on Savella to help with the Fibro and at first it was a wonder drug. But now my pain is almost back the way it was when I started Savella in 2010. Dr started me on Lyrica in addition to Savella. I have to say I feel pretty good but I'm...
    swoopy41 swoopy41
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 19, 2013

    Broken Leg, Broken Spirit

    I live with chronic pain. I fell down on February 14th and broke my femur. The only upside was that I fell in the shower and got to spend Valentine's Day naked, in the shower, with six paramedics. All men, all young, and most good looking. But who cares when you're leg is broken...
    Coolshoes Coolshoes
    56-60, F
    6 Responses Jan 3, 2008

    It's Not Just The Physical Pain That Hurts

    I have been in Chronic Pain for 6 years now. It is not even really known what the cause is, only that I had repeated infections for about a year and half. It caused my body to react and it went to severe nerve pain. Doctors don't help... They don't  prescribe narcotics or pain...
    GalileosFinger GalileosFinger
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Oct 4, 2012

    Ow, Ow, Ow, Ow, Damn, Ow Ow

    That's me getting up in the morning, well I left out the snap crackle and pop lol I have a bad back, My knees are going,  my hips aren't too great, I hot a bum shoulder, and the last few days just for good measure I've had a toothache!  I know that whatever's going on...
    BlasphemousAngel BlasphemousAngel
    31-35, M
    5 Responses Jun 12, 2009

    A Letter to All

      To my family, friends and other people without chronic pain: Having chronic pain means many things change, and a lot of them are invisible. Unlike having cancer or being hurt in an accident, most people do not understand even a little about chronic pain and its...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Sep 26, 2008
    Superbeardcockpunch Superbeardcockpunch
    36-40, M
    Jun 7, 2014

    I am and have been in chronic pain

    for 23 years and have learned a lot about living with it!
    darlingrose darlingrose
    70+, F
    1 Response Jun 24, 2014


    Life has ups... and Life has downs.... For the past year my life has spiraled downward, at what seemed lighting speed. So deep inside my own disability's, was I never to see joy was my life doomed for heartache? In this hole where i have landed, I have found a sweet peace, I...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta
    51-55, F
    Dec 29, 2012

    Back To School

    Last night was a confusion unlike any other. After lying being bedridden for two days of my spring break, I was going back to school. Being bedridden is not-so-distant memory for me. In fact that was how Mid-August-September 2012 was spent. The three positions that were tolerable...
    PainMakesMeStronger PainMakesMeStronger
    22-25, F
    Apr 4, 2013

    If Only I Could Awake From This Nightmare

    It all started three years ago, . No energy, pain all over.. I remember feeling like my feet were bleeding, I couldn't but any weight on them.. I just assumed that the way I felt was because I was working to much, running around work all day then coming home to raise my three...
    baiely25 baiely25
    1 Response Dec 6, 2010


    I suppose that's why I have been in a poor mood lately. I live with fibromyalgia (untreated), so every day is a painful experience. Right now my neck and shoulders are so sore, it feels like I was in a car accident. Massages help greatly, but I can't afford daily massages. It's...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    Jul 27, 2013

    Pain Of Body & Mind

    I have rheumatoid arthritis. It has affected my knees, my wrists, my fingers, my ankles, and my lower back. I am only 29, and I already have to use a "shower seat", a cane, and heated blankets like a little ole' granny. I also have to take pain...
    surgey surgey
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 16, 2009

    I Live In Chronic Pain

    i have chronic pain i suffer with a diease called endometrisos,fibro, IBS and so many more things thats causeing my chronic pain i am having a awful fibro flare right now and in alot of pain and have nothing to take for it till i go back to my PM doctor on wed but i am really...
    chronicpainsuffer chronicpainsuffer
    22-25, F
    Sep 25, 2010

    I was hit by a truck

    while sitting in my van waiting to change lanes... my husband was driving, he is someone who does not do well when he feels he is making people mad... we were waiting to change lanes safely, and he got impatient, darted into the other lane, and I was hit by a 3/4 ton dodge truck...
    WendyBlabs WendyBlabs
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 3, 2014

    Not Much of a Life It's been about 10 years

    since i broke my first vertebrae my L-5 then i broke it 3 more times and blew up a disc they did a fusion L-4 to L-5 to S-1 but the pain hasn't stopped it's gotten worse no no meds can touch it and i'm not able to eat much what i do get down won't stay there so I'm kinda wasting...
    2cool4school 2cool4school
    6 Responses Mar 1, 2015

    Today is a seriously bad pain day.

    I stood in line to vote and now work, it's bad. Days like today I'd like to give up and go home, but I'd still be in pain. So why not just work through it. Sooo tired
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Mar 1, 2016

    Two Chronic Pains

    When I was raped a few months ago, I was dragged over rocks and branches, and my rapist pinned me against uneven ground of big rocks. After my attack, I suffered constant pains in my lower back. Now I only feel the intense pain when I walk or stand up for too long, but it's...
    Brielle18 Brielle18
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jan 19, 2013

    I Suffer From Pain 24 Hours A Day

    My name is Kimberly-I am a mom to 2 children -1 boy and 1girl. They are both angels and are so supportive. I was hit by a car walking into work years ago and it crushed my back at L1-L2 and there is no disc space, I have DDD. I also have bulging discs from another car accident...
    MOmom02 MOmom02
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Oct 4, 2012

    How to Deal With Us

    TIPS FOR DEALING WITH PEOPLE IN PAIN 1. People with chronic pain seem unreliable (we can't count on ourselves). When feeling better we promise things (and mean it); when in serious pain, we may not even show up. 2. An action or situation may result in pain several hours...
    deleted deleted
    11 Responses Sep 26, 2008

    Four years ago I woke up with the worst

    headache of my life. It was so bad I thought I may be having an aneurism, and as I passed out on the bathroom floor my last thought was "Please don't let my daughter be the one to find my body." My (then) doc brushed it off. Told me to take 4 ibuprofen and an Rx muscle relaxer...
    DeaditeQueen DeaditeQueen
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 27, 2014

    No Fun

    Not sure how to feel about it. Living in pain is never easy. And it's invisible. People think you're crazy. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
    RockYouBebeh RockYouBebeh
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 23, 2013

    My body is known to predict weather.

    . The clouds move in thick -the aches begin Of course it's raining after a long hot humid two days. Feeling like I've been beaten with a giant lead brick... Every inch of me aching and writhing in pain... The endless lack of sleep ... 😓 Arrrrrg... But wth... Spirits are...
    Bssanglergrl1 Bssanglergrl1
    4 Responses Jul 8, 2015

    It's not fun waking up every day with chronic

    pain. Every day I experience chronic pain, which I can only decrease as much as 20% sometimes, but I always endure pain. In 2011, I started to experience neck and shoulder pain. Having worked in an office environment for many years I experienced this often, and booked myself...
    GroundedButterfly81 GroundedButterfly81
    36-40, F
    Feb 10, 2014

    I Want To Help

    Hello again just me.All of the pain in lives here has just broken my heart, I have prayed for strength for all. I know the pain so well, as my life as I knew it is over and the doctors don't offer any hope, only doom and gloom.Ever action has a reaction, and for the most part all...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta
    51-55, F
    3 Responses May 12, 2012

    I hurt 24/7 sometimes it's not too bad

    and sometimes the medications work and those are the good times. Frequently I have severe pain to the point I can barely walk, move or get out of bed. It makes me depressed. Some of my pain I don't even know what's causing it and while I try to get it figured out I do not have...
    DatCrazyCatLady DatCrazyCatLady
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 15, 2014

    I wish there was a way to get my friends to

    understand. It not that I don't want to go on that 5k with them it's just that since it hurts to walk I don't think it would be a good idea. I feel like a jerk because I have to keep reminding them of all the things I can't do because of the pain, as if the pain wasn't bad...
    LoudMouse LoudMouse
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Jun 22, 2014

    Your Disability Doesn't Define You

    I am disabled, but that isn't who I am. I have fibromyalgia and suffer from chronic pain due to spine defects. I also have osteoarthritis in most of my joints, with my knees, back and hip being the worst. I have days when walking to the bathroom is the most that I can do in a...
    kiminky kiminky
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Oct 30, 2012
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