Diagnosed in 2002, I drew this figure out of frustration about my fibromyalgia pain. No one can see the agony inside of me. This is my only way to show what it is like.
The excruciatingly painful pressure points in a searing red. Purple surrounds; the color of bruising, an aching all over, encased in bands of pain; a prisoner of my pain; I feel paralyzed; cannot move for fear of creating more pain.
The pain blurs into a sea of self-rejection; it engulfs my senses, numbing them to the pressures of the outside world. The blurred image is my memory loss, confusion and depression, other kinds of pain I suffer as a result of fibromyalgia.
A thorned shield of protection surrounds me. This is my pain. Don’t touch me.
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.