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Your Answers: The Worst Chronic Pain Advice (Infographic)

Posted on November 13, 2016

We asked and you answered! We posted this question: What bits of "advice" do you wish people would stop telling you? and hundreds of you took the time to respond.

What did we learn? From the unconcerned ("Just take a walk") to the plain unhelpful ("Why don't you eat better?"), advice is hurled at us from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. While most suggestions are probably well-intentioned, hearing them over and over can make us feel that our condition is minimized and misunderstood.

Some of the most common answers we heard:

  • Just take a walk.
  • Get better soon.
  • Maybe you have a low pain threshold...
  • Try to lose a little weight.
  • Try to get out more
  • Don’t get hooked on pain medication.
  • Why don’t you eat better?
  • Things will get easier

Everyone's situation is different and not all of these apply to each person. Tell us: What advice about chronic pain do YOU wish people would stop telling you?

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I think maybe why no sleep. I have been waking sometimes after an hour with toes curling under feet. Feet swelled 2 sizes+
The curling toes I literally scream and start pounding to loosen toes
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posted about 1 hour ago

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