The Modern Problem of Pain
Richmond Stace

The high costs to society of chronic pain is one result, among others, of the very long time it takes (and the multiple frustratingly dismissive attitudes by the medical corps) to be recognized “officially” (insurances, pension funds, etc.) as a chronic pain sufferer. Attempts at concentrating exclusively on the relationship mind-pain may be legitimate in some cases, but wrong headed in most. I can only speak for myself here, but it took months and years before clear and indisputable physical findings were finally found (and are still found today!) to be the direct causes of my painful symptoms. During that time, and while the only things you get in doctors’ offices are weird smiles, eyes rolling, silence, and police-like interrogations (when you are not flatly told you’re lying), during this time, as I said, pain, which had first started in the left arm, has progressed to the spine, both legs, both feet, both arms, the neck, and allelluia, and I haven’t been able to hold a paying job for 8 years. That’s one reason why it is costing so much to society.

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