Chronic pain does not only impact the individual, but also the family. Chronic pain is a stressor on the family. Each member suffers from the emotional stress of not being able to relieve the pain. Chronic pain is my family’s problem.
My father, who suffers from an autoimmune disease called Lupus, often goes from remission to flares up sporadically. When he is in remission, he has no symptoms and loves to go running. Yet when he has a flare up, he is tired and in constant pain. Unfortunately, last month he had a severe lupus flare that had caused fluid buildup around his heart and his kidneys had begun to fail. Nobody knows why the flare occurred, but many have theories of side effects from medications, stress, a cold or the flu. However, those theories did not matter because my father was unconscious and nobody knew when he would regain consciousness. (more…)