Featured Pain Art: “Fibromyalgia Pain Body”

Featured Pain Art: “Fibromyalgia Pain Body”

"Fibromyalgia Pain Body" digitally enhanced picture 7 inches long x 5 inches wide

“Fibromyalgia Pain Body”
digitally enhanced picture
7 inches long x 5 inches wide

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.

Authored by: Joan Crutcher

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  1. Dennis Kinch at 4:19 pm

    OMG! Wow! I wish I could say things the way you just did. Your painting was enough, but to hear you explain it and then describe what my inner voice yells at me all day. It made me cry, literally. Someone knows and understands it.
    I’m so sorry for you. Are you still wondering what you did to deserve this? I know I’m supposed to stay strong, and I do, but to read this made me realize how much I still have these feelings deep inside. And every movement starts it all over again.
    I’m so sorry you’re in my club and I’m sure you didn’t ask to be a member…but welcome…and thanks for saying what we all want to say.