What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is something that millions of people struggle with daily, but almost no one talks about it. It’s usually defined as “any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists — often for months or even longer.” It can last years, or even the span of someone’s entire life.

This video is a great resource to help people understand what living with chronic pain is really like. YouTuber Martina — of the channel Eat Your Kimchi — and her husband discuss Martina’s chronic pain that is a result of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It’s a candid, informational video that may help you gain knowledge, tools, and verbage to discuss/deal with this issue, especially if there’s someone in your life that suffers from chronic pain.

Aside from having a last name that is difficult for telemarketers to correctly pronounce, Jordan Gripenwaldt is a degree-wielding Anthropology major and aspiring novelist who has swapped research paper deadlines for article deadlines. In addition to having a deep and abiding love for musical theatre, 80′s power ballads, social justice, television, and grandpa sweaters, she is also the proud and very excited Executive Editor of Germ Magazine and can be reached at jordan@germmagazine.com

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