Video Transcript: Chronic pain shouldn't be underestimated.

RIKKI POYNTER: Hello, so today on Ai-Media, we're gonna be talking about something that I haven't really seen being talked about very often, if at all, and that is chronic pain. Essentially, chronic pain is just being in an excruciating amount of pain for a long period of time, whether that be months, years, and sometimes, it is for life. It can occur because of a disease or it can just occur just on a specific body part 'cause something happened to it or it just happened over time. And I, and a couple of other friends, are people who have chronic pain, so I just wanted to educate about it a little bit. So as far as diseases go, I have a couple of friends who have diseases or disorders, or whatever, such as EDS, or fibromyalgia... is that how you pronounce it? And stuff like that.

For myself, I experience very... I experience chronic back pain, shoulder pain, and I have TMD, which is right around here. It affects my jaw, obviously. It affects my head, it makes my brain kind of throb which is essentially lockjaw, so a lot of the times, I can try to eat my food and open my mouth, and my mouth doesn't really... it won't open, it gets stuck, and I experience a lot of just pain. It's not something that ibuprofen or Tylenol can really get rid of. Sometimes, it helps, and sometimes it just doesn't work. With my back... oh, my back. Back pain sucks, shoulder pain really really sucks.

The thing with chronic pain is, sometimes, if you have back pain... So my experience with back pain, I can...sometimes, I can walk pretty well, and I'll be fine. Sometimes, I have to sit down. Sometimes, it just hurts to sit, and I'm stuck in bed for a period of time. And that happens with my friends who have EDS, fibromyalgia, fybro...that word, and they're just stuck in bed. And sometimes, with people who have EDS, they use a wheelchair to get around, because there's just so much pain, that they can't walk for a long period of time.

Chronic pain is not just accidentally smacking your hand into a shelf or a table, or dropping something on your foot, something like that, and being in pain for about five minutes. It's so bad, it is so so bad, and a lot of people think that it's nothing, that you can just pop in a Tylenol, and be on your way and you have to get over it. Chronic pain is way more serious than that.

So, those are some basic things about chronic pain. If you want to know more, there's a whole lot of research that can be done because there's just so many different types of chronic pain. It's really hard to condense it all into a five minute video. If you are someone who experiences chronic pain, EDS, TMD, anything like that, feel free to share your story down below. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you soon.



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