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Pain plus more pain equals more pain.

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So if you’re already sore from an injury, a stimulus that might not ordinarily seem painful to you will hurt. A lot. … And if you have chronic pain, like fibromyalgia or lupus or a bad back, when those ailments are acting up your tolerance to pain will be decreased. …

But on top of all that, you’ve got a level of pain in your body that is making you hurt. BAD. And the usual discomfort becomes seriously painful, because you can only take so much pain.

So 1p + 1p = 4p

That math doesn’t make any sense, so people accuse you of being a whiner. Or lazy. Or weak.

They don’t understand that the second pain isn’t being processed by a pain-free body/brain. The brain is processing all this pain and it changes the equation to

(1p + 1p)2 = 4p

And that’s one trap of chronic pain.

[The Math of Pain]

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Written by tldegray

May 14, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Posted in Chronic Pain, Health

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