Anatomy of the Pain Monster
Feet of silent approach: You’ve never heard it coming. But one day, you realize something is stuck to you…
Soul-revealing X-ray eyes: The pain monster has found your weaknesses and deepest fears and it has driven its claws into those tender spots.
Barbed hook claws: You rally all your strength into trying to shake it off…
But it doesn’t move an inch.
Energy sucking fangs: The pain monster ist slowly but steadily draining your energy and robbing you of the things you enjoy. On certain days, its voracious thirst renders you almost paralyzed.
Cape of invisibility: You beg for help, but despite its bone-crushing size and crippling dreadfulness, the pain monster remains invisible to others. Even close friends and family members tell you “it’s just in your head” or “just ignore it”. Those words render a big smile onto the pain monster’s face while you feel more and more alone and isolated. You start doubting your own sanity.
Inexhaustible big-belly-battery: You keep throwing new medications and therapies at the pain monster, but it seems like you can’t harm it. After years of searching for the silver bullet, you consider giving up.
Well, truth is, there is no silver bullet to defeat the pain monster.
BUT DON’T GIVE UP, there is hope! There are ways to gain control over the pain monster and in some cases it is even possible to defeat it entirely.
After years of suffering myself, I’ve been lucky enough to gain control over my own pain monster. In my upcoming articles, I am going to write about the weapons arsenal, the mindset and the allies necessary to gain control over the pain monster.
You are not alone in this fight. There are millions of patients just like you. Together we are stronger than pain.
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