People who do not suffer from some form of Chronic Pain had a difficult time truly understanding what it is like. Even if they live with someone who has it, this is one of those things that until you walk a mile in their shoes you don't and can't truly appreciate what a CP person goes through every day. People with CP live every day of their lives in pain. If you have ever had surgery, broken a bone, severely twisted a joint, had a truly bad headache, etc then you know what pain is. Now imagine feeling that way every single day of your life. Then imagine how you would feel if you spend more time in doctor's offices than doctors do trying to find a cause and treatment plan, but having doctor's refuse to give you any medications for your pain because they have don't understand or think you are a drug seeker or have a misguided fear of you becoming addicted. Also between hitting all of these brick walls and the pain itself many CP paitents not only have the pain to fight but depression as well. Even when you finally find a doctor who will take your pain seriously and will do things to improve your quality of life it is not a cure. The pain is still there day in and day out. The treatments and medications only push it into the background, at best making it like an annoying neighbor that just won't leave you alone waiting for his moment to torment you again in full. Then on top of that the treatments also come with a host of side effects that we have to deal with. Those of us with CP learn various coping mechanisms. We learn how to "suck it up" and "block" the pain mentally but that takes huge amounts of energy which can not be sustained indefinitely and as soon as we lower our defenses the pain rushes back in and often overwhelms. Like everyone else we have good days and bad days. Our good days are often like a "normal" person's bad days, but compared to where we go for our bad days it is a welcome relief. The vast majority of people I know with CP do not want to be babied or pitied. What we want is to be treated as people and not looked down upon like we are attention hounds, druggies, or simply lazy. CP is a hidden and varying disability, and like most people with some kind of disability we just want a little compassion and some understanding.