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Why is chronic pain considered a character flaw?

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    I couldn't agree more with what most everyone has said in this thread. Especially about not "looking" like I'm in pain. Just because we may not have physical characteristics of a disease does not mean we aren't suffering. I truly believe that no one can really understand unless they've been through it, or are close enough to you to witness the pain and symptoms of what you're going through.
    Allison, 25, living with IC since 2002. Add me on Facebook! (search Allison Jacobs)

    Conditions: (known)
    IC, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Neuropathy, Adenomyosis (hysterectomy to "cure" this), Vulvadynia

    Elmiron--200 mg twice daily
    Cymbalta--90 mg once daily
    Various pain meds, rotating

    Spinal Nerve Stimulator implanted 5/10, mostly unsuccessful
    Hysterectomy 9/09
    D&C and hysteroscopy 8/08, somewhat helpful
    Mirena IUD began 12/07, unsuccessful
    Lupron Depot 6/07-8/07, unsuccessful
    Hydrodistention 2004, 2007
    Physical therapy 2003-2006

    "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."
    John Wayne