I have a non-visible disability.  The pain I live with, sometimes severe, means there are some daily things I can’t do, or at least if I did them would make my pain situation worse.  However if you met me at the railway station, or anywhere else, then you would have no way of knowing that I have any physical difficulty at all!  Pain is completely invisible, and just like emotions I am sure it is felt differently from one person to the next.  Pain is also difficult to describe. 

 

Living with pain is a very emotional experience.  It is difficult and affects everything about you as a person.  Practically you may be finding things difficult too.  You may have lost some independence.  Living with a person with pain must also be difficult.  How can you possibly fully comprehend what is happening with them?  I think pain can act as a barrier between people, but it is a barrier that can be easily broken down with communication.  If you can help others understand how your condition affects you, including why it is you can do something one day but not the next, then they will be much better placed to help and support you both emotionally and practically.  

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1. Embrace the 'new you'

2. Understand pain

3. Understand YOUR pain

4. Know your pain triggers

5. Make plans, set goals

6. Pace yourself

7. Track your progress

8. Improve your sleep

9. Manage health conditions

10. Move and exercise

11. Improve your nutrition

12. Support your mental health

13. Relax and be mindful

14. Do things you enjoy

15. Attend to life stressors

16. Access clinician support

17. Ask for, and accept help

18. Help others understand

19. Review medications

20. Make adaptations, use aids

21. Return to work / education

22. Engage and socialise

23. Volunteer / help others

24. Explore resources

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