How Doctors Respond to Chronic Pain

A Fantastic Blog post summarizing attitudes and calling attention to the shame and stigma perpetuated in cultural attitudes towards people with pain.  


"Bearing witness is different from witnessing alone. Any doctor who has felt tired or forlorn after spending time with a patient in chronic pain, understands the burden that we feel when our patients share their suffering. We know that this is hard work, indeed, compassion means ‘to suffer together with’. "


Gaslighting Individuals With Pain

I had not applied the concept of gaslighting to pain before. After reading this article I can see how well the term speaks to the natural ramped up reactions that are felt following invalidation of a medical concern. Often individuals are referred to me with terms such as "neurotic or personality disordered." While these terms certainly can describe an individual's behavioral patterns, I have found that these problems also can appear to magically go away with genuine validation, real explanations, and relief from intense pain. It is time we truly treat individuals as experts of their own experience and stop patronizing, invalidating, and traumatizing the person with pain.!