Mental health disorders are very similar to chronic pain. In fact, most people with chronic pain have depression and/or anxiety. I always found it so obvious as a medical social worker when I would read my patient’s diagnoses: Congestive Heart Failure, Lung Cancer, Phantom Pain, Seizures, and finally depression. No shit! If I had all that I would be depressed too. Same goes for chronic pain. If you are in pain all day/every day would you not be depressed?!
The worst part about chronic pain is not seeing any light at the end of the tunnel. If you break you leg, it sucks for a long time but you know with time your bones will heal and life will go back to normal. You have the flu and are vomiting everything you put into your body but you know in a few days you will slowly be back to feeling well. You have chronic pain, there is no end. Hence, the word chronic and not acute. There is no end. For ten years of my life I truly believed I would never be happy and none of my dreams would come true. I felt as if my body were a prison and I would never escape. With each doctor appointment promising help and nothing helped my prison grew smaller and smaller until I truly did not want to keep going.
Chronic pain is not the only invisible illness. We cannot forget those who suffer from depression/anxiety/Bi Polar disorder etc. They are fighting battles every day and may feel as I did for many years of my life. There are certain times when my prison comes back to haunt me but it passes quickly and I pick myself up and keep going. If you are living with chronic pain and see no light at the end of the tunnel write me. I know how you are feeling and I know what does work, for me that is. After ten years of searching for help and a cure I was not happy and fulfilling my dreams until I learned to manage my pain naturally.