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:

Well I would say to anyone on pain meds, if they're working for you don't quit and don't accept the advice of someone that tries to make you, they may… read more

posted 6 days ago

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