The toll of talking about it

For the past 3 days I’ve been experiencing a concerning amount of pain around my left kidney. It’s a combination of sharp pain and a deep dull ache. Should I visit the doctor or just tough it out?

This is the problem with fibromyalgia. You never know if the pain you’re experiencing is the typical pointless variety or the serious you-should-see-a-doctor variety. The level of pain feels the same. Another issue that chronic pain poses is that you have to stop talking about it with those closest to you at some point. Even the most understanding friends eventually get sick of hearing about how you are literally perpetually sick.

You wouldn’t believe…or maybe you would…the toll that chronic pain takes on relationships. Especially when you talk about it.

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