As many as a third of Americans suffer from chronic pain—a full third! If you’re one of those people for whom low back pain, headaches, arthritis, or one of a long list of other conditions makes daily life a struggle, these nine experiences probably ring way too true.
1. Getting up in the morning is no joke.
And not just in the turn that freaking alarm off! kind of way. For people with chronic pain, it can be physically difficult, says chronic pain speaker, author, and activist Jenni Prokopy, founder of ChronicBabe.com, a website devoted to teaching women to live well in spite of illness. When Prokopy, who has fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses, says everything hurts when she wakes up in the morning, she really means everything. “My feet, my arms, my shoulders, my neck, and my back have an overwhelming feeling of pain, and every step that I take hurts,” she says. “It’s a challenge every day to get out of bed and take on the day.”