The Hurt of Chronic Pain: 5 Reasons Why It Is Often Misunderstood by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

The Hurt of Chronic Pain: 5 Reasons Why It Is Often Misunderstood

More than 100 million people suffer with chronic pain – more people than diabetesheart disease and cancer combined. Most of us will experience chronic pain in our lifetime, but it doesn’t get the respect that other life-altering chronic conditions get. Here are the top reasons why chronic pain is misunderstood:

  • There is no definitive test. People diagnosed with chronic pain have no objective way to measure it.
  • It’s invisible. The only person who truly understands the pain is the person experiencing it.
  • It’s variable. Like most conditions, some days are better than others, but the lack of proof makes some people skeptical of pain.
  • Sometimes, it’s inexplicable. Chronic pain can be a side effect of conditions like cancer or arthritis or it can be the condition itself, and there isn’t always a known cause.
  • Even providers don’t fully understand pain. Some people spend their whole lives looking for a treatment that works.

The inability to see chronic pain does not make it any less real. If you experience pain, find a provider you trust. Pain happens to everyone, and we all need to take it seriously.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider.

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Oh my gosh, yes. Thank you for this.
Elisa Schmitz
Excellent information for a struggle that is all too real for so many. Thank you, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !

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