Life With Chronic Pain

I’ve written a little about my life with chronic pain, here. There’s a video where I speak a bit about it, but there is lots more to say. And, there are links relating to my health and health in general.

This page will be updated with any latest related bits, I’ll let you know via blog post. Thanks for visiting.

– last updated, 4th February 2017




I live with every day, unrelenting and severe pain for nine years.

It and my mobility-difficulties as well as increased migraines stem from an undiagnosed, and untreated (in time) subluxation of the hip (partial-dislocation). Despite visits to the doctors, they failed to diagnose me – it was when a private physiotherapist took one look at my hips, one being higher than the other, that she saw what the problem was. Eight months after the injury.

Soft tissue and nerve damage. Sciatica and inflammation. Burning and stiffness. The stiffness physically halts movement of my lower body. Increased migraines – before I had 1-3 a year; now, they’re chronic, every 1-3 days.

I am disabled from it. Needing a mobility scooter for leaving the house. I’m forever running on next to no energy, so I have a lot of rest during the day. The pain is far worse than the loss of the freedom of walking, because it robs you of vitality, joy, spontanity, etc.

I have adapted far better to the disability than I have of the severe chronic pain.

Your whole life – YOU – changes because of it. It effects –

  • Financial health. Loss of employment.
  • Relationships. Loss of or strained connections with acquaintances, friends, significant other, offspring.
  • Mental health. Chronic pain is often inter-related with depression and anxiety.
  • Isolation. Becoming house or bed bound. Financial hardship disables social interaction.


…….to be continued…….





A very upsetting visit to the doctor’s…

Health + Herbs

Shocking things doctors have said to me


A dizzy spell, a blackout, and an asthma attack…





Copyright Faith McCord 2017

Story and artwork belongs to Faith McCord who is the author and artist holding the copyright. This is not a public domain work. Worldwide rights.


20 Responses to Life With Chronic Pain

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  2. sheldonk2014 says:

    I can only say that I totally understand
    And I can hear it in your voice
    that your happiness is in jeopardy
    Prayers and blessings
    As always Sheldon

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  3. Wendy says:

    I hate you have to live in pain. I can empathize with the migraines. I do wish they could figure those buggers out.
    You are an amazing woman. Don’t forget that.
    And remember you are not alone.

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  4. There is nothing to “like” about this post – except for the fact that you put it out there how inadequate – and cruel – so very many doctors are these days.

    Many pain experts like to believe that unremitting pain is a third-world issue primarily – that modern drugs alleviate suffering in first-world households and hospitals. They are simply wrong about that. I know you read many of the same blogs I do, so I know you are well aware that you are nowhere near alone in your experience.

    Even the medical profession itself is aware that they have a huge problem to solve, but their all too familiar “circle the wagons” approach leaves those seeking help outside their circle. DISGRACEFUL and inexcusable, actually. No change happens unless we ALL speak up and ring out in censure.

    My heart hurts for you, I wish there were something I could suggest – a resource you haven’t already tried, a pain clinic doing things very differently with some success, even a way to self-medicate that would lighten your load, legal or illegal. I know, however, that during nine years of chronic pain, if you haven’t already found it, it’s probably not out there to BE found.

    Sending prayers that something is in the pipeline that will bring relief, so that you are able to live the life you deserve – and that every single doctor you speak to from now until eternity BELIEVES what you tell them, and reports it accurately in your records.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • Thank you Madelyn – I wish all doctors had your empathy – and your prayers are much appreciated. It helps me putting it out there as I have been ‘invalidated’ by so many who have authority over my life – be that doctors or those such as the morons who decide I don’t need a Blue Badge (I held one, finally, for 3 years, only for them to refuse me last year when it expired). So many of us need adequate help. Why this is never properly addressed, I don’t know. All that comes to mind is because of corruption, greed, extreme selfishness. I would love to take the medical marijuana – but, will it be available for people such as myself?

      On another note, how are you my friend? I hope the housing thing as well as work are more positive now.
      Love to you and Tinkertoy. xox

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      • Things are still dicey (and will be until a few more items are back in place), thanks for asking.

        IMHO, stringent gate-keeper laws around medical marijuana are NUTS. It has been proven to be incredibly helpful for so many disorders – relief from chronic pain chief among them.
        I hope you will be able to access (without have to move to a place where laws are more human-being friendly).

        Empathy Deficiency Disorder runs rampant!

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  5. Your pain not withstanding…..You look amazing! Have you considered a chiropractor for your miagraine? Mine are usually because my Atlas is ‘Out’………and I swear by a jab of Tremadol in the but. Ok, Ass! But the left cheek as I don’t feel it as much……(attempting to cheer you a little with my humour)😍

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    • Hehe, shots in the ass. Don’t really sound like fun though, lol. Thanks Helen for the compliment. I am unhappy with the weight gain though. (Pretty hard burning off the excess and keeping fit when your body refuses to move). How’s your week going? Love and hugs to you and Jamima. xox


    • Chiropractor, we call them osteopaths here. I used to go to one for years for my tennis elbow that had been fractured with a chip of bone missing and moderate back pain from the weight of my chest. I can’t afford these things now. My mum offers to pay for health related things but she’s given so much already.


  6. I think you are right, chronic pain is very difficult. We can learn how to live with limited mobility, but pain is a difficult beast. (You do look wonderful. I love your translucent skin set off with your light hair and dog. It is a beautiful picture.) Sympathy, empathy and hugs to you dear friend.

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  7. Prairie Girl says:

    I left you a message on your Youtube video. I wish you many blessings today

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Edward Fagan says:

    You’re experiencing much pain, but there’s hope. Please visit .Please also look up Doctor Sebi on YouTube. I’ll keep in touch and tell you later how I ended my suffering.

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  9. I totally relate to this. So many doctors, so many screwed up diagnosis’ . Have they looked at the possibility of a connective tissue disorder like EDS? I only suggest it due to the migraines and the sublux of your hip. I have found a link between my unstable neck and my migraines. If I can get a soft collar on as soon as the symptoms are noticed – I always wake up from sleep with them, the collar dramatically reduces the severity and length of an episode. I am currently in a collar as my neck has decided to trap a nerve so I have pins and needles in my forearm. No idea why today but why not. Im off to have a nosey around your blog. I laughed out loud at the carrot driving a tractor and being declared a traitor. I also liked the velvet waistcoat and Dandelion Hall xxxx Rachel xxx

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    • I get lots of pins and needles too. Hands, arms, legs. I have problems because they didn’t scan me…my left hip was partially dislocated, unbeknown to me, from an accident…therefore for 10 months…and so the nerve damage is done, it also effects my bladder control. I need surgery for a labral tear but I need to go back and pursue this…before, they talked of that surgery and then they gave me a cold, rude, useless doctor who thought he was God. And he discounted everything! Despite the latest scan of my hip and years of physiotherapists putting my hip back in. When I feel emotionally stronger I’ll go back and fight for it.

      Migraines began at 16 except I didn’t know they were more than bad headaches until my mid 20s. The strip lighting at the office triggered it. They worsened to chronic and in severity (vomiting, dizziness) after my accident/nerve damage. Before I had maybe 3 a year.

      Your collar seems to work 🙂

      Hehe, I have a silly humour. You might like Daisy Elizabeth the tortoise too 😉

      xox Faith xox


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