57 | P a g e 8. FROUD 2014 : ACTIVITIES I can’t do the things that I used to do around the house and have had to give up things that I enjoy. CHRONIC PAIN 9. FROUD 2014 :: Changing outlook I am afraid that I will lose control of my life and future. I feel overwhelmed by emotions. I want to see what is wrong on an x-ray. It makes me angry when clinicians all tell me different things, particularly if they say it is all in my head. It is confusing. It is much easier for me to move on if I have an official diagnosis. Sometimes I start to doubt the diagnosis they have given me. Since I began to realise that I might not get a diagnosis or a cure, my outlook has begun to change. CHRONIC PAIN 10. FROUD 2014: RELATIONSHIPS I have always been sociable person and want to join in with things. However, my relationships are suffering and I am becoming isolated. Intimate relationships have become difficult. I feel dependent on others but they are not always available. Although I need support, I tend to avoid those close to me when I am in pain. I avoid social events because I don’t want to spoil things for everybody and because I find it physically difficult to keep going. I also don’t want people to see me as I am now. If I join in with things then people won't believe that I am really in pain. CHRONIC PAIN 11. FROUD 2014 :: Stigma Family, friends, colleagues and health professionals don’t believe me because I have no proof. If I had a diagnosis people would believe me. Sometimes I even question myself. As there is no explanation for the variability and unpredictability of my pain it makes it even more difficult for people to believe me. At times I make myself look worse so that people believe me. At other times I just avoid people so that I can avoid this. CHRONIC PAIN
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