The sudden onset of migraines, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia derailed my life. I had to leave my job and give up many normal activities.
Although incapacitated much of the time for several years, my friends, doctors, and even family did not comprehend what was happening to me until I started using art to convey my experiences.
Migraines warp my perception of time and space. I am trapped within my physical body, at the complete mercy of the migraine. The world presses in with its light, heat, sound, smells, and touch, each causing misery in its own way. The pain overrides everything else until there is no past, no future, only that moment of suffering.
This art is a courtesy of PainExhibit.org, an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain who use art to express some facet of the pain experience.
The Pain Exhibit’s mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.
Pain Exhibit recently launched its new Spanish language website at PainExhibit.org/es.