“Your chronic pain is all in your head!”
When you’re living with an invisible illness, this is one of the worst things you can hear. There is a degree of truth in it, however. Your brain does play a large role in your perception of pain. The parts of the brain associated with mood and attention are constantly active in a person living with chronic pain. When your brain is in overdrive like this, it can lead to insomnia, anxiety, depression, and difficulty with concentration.
The infographic below gives a more detailed description of how your brain responds to pain. It also offers some helpful tips and tricks to ease the discomfort.
Infographic courtesy of totalinjury.com
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