I recently had a fellow CRPS sufferer say to me, at times she felt like people didn’t believe she was in pain. I think we all have to get to a place where it doesn’t matter what other people think. You have to do you, and I have to do me. What makes me happy, most likely, isn’t what makes you happy. What I think, believe and feel, isn’t likely to be what you think, believe and feel. I feel so unbelievably blessed to have the support system that I have. But I feel so grieved thinking about those who feel like they don’t have anyone. I said before that CRPS is known as the ‘suicide disease’, but to put this into perspective I found the following statistics: suicide is 900 times more common in CPRS sufferers, that 70% have attempted suicide. These numbers break my heart! Please know that you are never alone, and there is always someone or something out there that can help! Sometimes you have to search for that person or that thing, but you will find them! Sometimes you have to be strong when all you feel like doing is giving up. I always think to myself, no matter how much pain I’m in or how bad I think things are, things could ALWAYS be worse! This is a disease that not only gives you excruciating pain, but one that affects every single aspect of your life! As I go on with my story, I will share with you all the affects on my life. But I’ll also show you that despite all of that, it is possible to live a normal life. Of course you have to learn to adjust and make some changes. Once you receive this diagnosis, nothing in your life will be the same again. But despite that, YOU ARE STRONG and YOU WILL MAKE IT!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
“Since chronic pain frequently cannot be seen or measured, unlike acute pain, doctors, colleagues, friends, or family may question or doubt your pain. In effect, it doesn’t matter if anyone believes you, but it is extremely important for you to acknowledge that all pain is real.”—Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain
CRPS, chronic pain and suicide. (2019, January 17). Retrieved February 24, 2019, from https://www.blbchronicpain.co.uk/news/crps-chronic-pain-suicide/