My pain began almost six years back as a spot in my lower back. It has now spread down the entire lower right half of my body, including my right foot. Where I used to walk with no problem, I may now need to use a scooter as it has become quite painful to walk.
No clear diagnosis has ever been given and I’ve been through numerous injections, procedures, tests, two back surgeries and have had a spinal cord stimulator put in and later taken out.
There has been no relief except at night when I lay down – then the pain completely subsides. It remains a mystery to the doctors I’ve encountered and I now know I’ll just have to live with it.
It has completely changed me and my life and I continue now as a different person than I was seven years ago. Pain has that effect – for better or for worse.
This art 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.