12 People Describe What It’s Like to Live With Chronic Pain

While experiencing physical pain from time to time is part of life, chronic pain is something entirely different. With chronic pain, pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years, instead of stopping eventually like with acute pain, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Because a large misunderstanding of the disorder still exists, people with chronic pain often get dismissed as “dramatic” or “lazy,” when this couldn’t be further from the truth.

To better understand this chronic disorder, The Mighty asked people with chronic pain to describe what it’s like to live with it.

— Tracy Boyarsky Smith

— Molly Kelsey

— Ric Salinger

— Mirella Joy

— Laura Vago

— Gretchen Lightcap McLachlan

— Lisa Dickinson Gastaldo

— Julie Pruitt

— Alison Taylor

— Winifred Kakouris

— Melissa Cote

— Lakshmi Rajagopalan

By Melissa McGlensey

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