You know you have chronic pain when…
You have nuanced pain to a variety of levels of intolerable and tolerable, functional and non-functional.
When you wonder if your painkiller is doing anything or if it would be much worse without it.
When it is impossible to find that just right comfortable spot to sleep in because the pain settles in shortly after.
When you are so tired you have no idea what not tired even feels like anymore.
When thoughts are whimsical things that do not stay in your brain when you need them.
When you insist you are coping well but really you are so very tired of the pain.
When you have lost the motivation to do things because ‘things’ make it worse.
When leaving the house is a rare adventure in pain
When you do a thing and immediately regret that thing
And you have a hard time describing it but this works: