I think chronic pain is misunderstood in our culture and somewhat ambiguous by definition. Chronic pain is long term pain at different or multiple spots throughout the body that does not go away and with generally unknown causes and hard to treat symptoms. I feel like chronic pain in today’s medical community is much more legitimized than it was a decade or more ago. Doctors seem more eager to listen to patients, especially women, when it comes to describing the type of chronic pain they feel. In the chronic muscular pain article by Werner, she states that ‘according to many studies done over the past decade women who suffer from chronic muscular pain such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome have reported negative experiences during medical encounters. They repeatedly find themselves being questioned and judged either to not be ill, have an imaginary illness or labeled with a psychiatric condition.”
I feel like trying to treat an illness that is difficult to pinpoint the cause of is an absurdly difficult task. In the Fibromyalgia and Type A personality blog, Edie talks about all the different types of medicines and treatments she uses like the anti-anxiety drugs, anti-inflammatories, nasal sprays, acid reducers, and rash creams. All of which provide temporary relief some just a few hours while others can help through the night. Like I just said these provide only temporary relief and the symptoms usually come back within hours or the following day.
I believe there is a huge connection between belief and healing. After watching the Placebo film, I know that the mind may be the ultimate deciding factor whether or not a person will be healed or overcome an illness. Firmly believing that you can and will get better after a certain medicine is taken or procedure done , even if they have no healing attributes, is just as important as actually receiving non placebo treatment. The placebo film also showed the knee surgery patients and the placebo group who didn’t actually undergo any surgery both resulted in improvement of knee function and pain. Just by simply believing they were getting the knee surgery and that it would alleviate the pain, the placebo group was able to have similar results as those who actually underwent the surgery. The mind it seems has the ultimate healing power.