“What No One Told Me About Chronic Pain”

By Dan Craver for PainPathways.org

Learn about one man’s journey of learning to adapt to his chronic pain condition. How he continues redefining himself because of pain – and despite it.


In my mid-20s, I consulted an orthopedist when my wrists started to feel warm after typing. He recommended ice packs and ibuprofen. In a thick Brooklyn accent, he asked,“You wanna take a couple days offa work?” Those couple of days stretched into months, and then years. Though neither of us knew it, this was the beginning of a chronic illness.

The pain spread from my fingertips to my neck, and I couldn’t press a button or hold a piece of paper because of near constant throbbing. Seven years and nearly 30 doctors later, I still can’t use my keyboard.

Read the whole story at http://www.painpathways.org/dan-caver/#sthash.aKk95xRj.dpuf