Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Not Verses Should Not

I photographed this sign in a window in Plattsmouth, Nebraska a few months ago.   As someone who has suffered with Fibromyalgia for over thirty years I disagree with the wording of this sign.  It should read   "Pain should not become a lifestyle."

I believe for many people pain effects all avenues of their life.  Chronic pain can become so encompassing that dealing with it does become a large part of a persons lifestyle.

I have no way of knowing if the following facts are actually true but I found one study that claims:

116 million people suffer from chronic pain every day.
Of those suffering from chronic pain:
                                      77% report feelings of depression
                                  84% report an inability to sleep well. 
74% report significant loss of energy and concentration

Pain is estimated to cost the US $635 Billion a year in healthcare expenses and lost productivity.


  1. I agree with you! It can control your whole life!

  2. I agree as I am one of the 116 million!

  3. I am fortunate to be one of those who does not suffer from pain, but I know people who do, and I agree - it can control your life! I am always sorry that people have to deal with it.

  4. oop, I fixed your link for you.

    as someone currently helping with another who is in a great deal of pain, I would agree with you and not this sign.

  5. And it is impossible to get well when all your strength is going to fighting pain.

  6. I wonder if this was a sign to get you inside to buy some drugs to manage your pain.
    I agree that chronic pain can be terribly debilitating. and is often not taken seriously enough.

  7. Having fibromyalgia must be so difficult, Rita! I don't have it, but I do have chronic fatigue syndrome (with a connection to some kind of auto-immune problem they can;t pinpoint) and osteoarthritis just about all over my body. It is rough just getting through the day sometimes, especially when there's a lot on my to-do list! I think the move out here really took its toll on me, and made me worse. I have a lot to be thankful for, though, as I know my health could be a LOT worse. I keep you in my prayers, Rita. We all need to lift each other up for the needs that we do have. God bless you....


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