I have Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. I live in Canada so I have better access to medical care but still struggle with edit lists, medication costs, etc. It doesn’t stop the ableism, and pretty much everything else mentioned. I cannot sing the praises of this article loud enough!
A friend posts an article on Facebook about how the United States’ medical system does not meet the needs of those with chronic pain. This is a reality that I have experienced. This is a reality that I regularly speak to others who experience chronic pain have also experienced. About a month ago when I was at the doctor’s office for my annual exam, I overheard 2 medical workers talking about how they hate when patients say they’re in pain, because they know they’re over-reacting. I was horrified, but it wasn’t the first time I’d heard someone in the medical field say something like this.
When we talk about chronic pain, and disability in general, inevitably someone pops up to say something like the following:
I think chronic pain (and other illnesses for that matter) should be tackled with a holistic approach. Putting our faith completely in the medical system…
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