| How to Talk About Pain

By Jennifer L. Murphy, Ph.D., and Samantha Rafie, Ph.D. and Reviewed by Jessica Schrader from

"Key Points:

  • If you live with chronic pain, your experience needs to be shared and you’re the best person to do it.
  • Be specific about your pain, including the functional impacts on various areas of your life.
  • If a loved one has chronic pain, it may be best to offer practical assistance rather than advice."
A common theme for Chronic Pain survivors is that people simply cannot understand the experience and even think it's fake or exaggerated. The Symptoms Log asks you to document how the pain affected you personally: did you have to cancel something you were looking forward to because of gout? did fatigue put keep you in bed all day? did brain fog lead to a mistake at work? Having these notes can help your medical provider, family and friends better understand and support you. 

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