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Being Social with Chronic Pain
Hi all, basically I'm just looking for people who (I hope) get it!
I've been suffering from chronic pain now going on 10 years - I'm 26 and just miss having any form of social life and lets face it, it's just generally a lonely place when in pain.
I struggle to stay awake, have a lot of anxiety and generally be social (especially if food/drinks involved) because it's so much effort to act 'well'. I have a great support network around me and quite frankly I don't know how I'd cope without them, but at the same time, I feel like I burden them and just have no real life outside my own 4 walls... & and cold dark weather isn't helping either.
So, any advice on how not to be a party-pooper
NB - I've managed to slowly wean myself off most of my medication after some very bad side effects. I'm now using a more holistic approach which I appreciate isn't for everyone, but so far is better for me, so as much as I'd appreciate any advice, please don't recommend antidepressants/medications etc.. Thank You