“Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment….”
In a 2016 study, an estimated 20.4% of adults in America had chronic pain
8.0% of adult Americans had high impact chronic pain.
That’s 50 MILLION American’s
That’s 2 out of 5 adults
1 in every 4 people with chronic pain are also diagnosed with a sleep disorder
It is the leading cause of long term disability in America.
70% are women
I know I am just spouting off with statistics that I found on the internet. However this is something that effects my family tremendously. We used to get told that we were the zebra’s of the medical field, but we are not. We have some extra stripes sure, but really we are the same as everyone else.
I hate knowing that. We accepted our stripes years ago. We all knew that we just needed to focus on getting back up and straightening out crown a bit before trudging on before the next faceplant.
Maybe some people could feel better knowing that they are more normal than they thought they were. The problem is that the way that life is showing me that we are not that unique is by knocking the legs out of the people around me. I’ve watched car accidents diagnose brain disorders, broken bones diagnose connective tissue disorders and allergic reactions diagnose auto immune diseases.
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
I want to go back to where we were the zebras. I wasn’t ok watching my closest family members going through it but at least I was under the impression everyone else got to live happy pain-free normal lives.