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15 Words That Mean Something Totally Different When You Have A Chronic Illness

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1. Advil

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What it usually means: A medicine used to relieve pain.

What it means to people with chronic pain: A medicine that people assume we could take to ease our pain, but a medicine that in reality does absolutely nothing to ease our pain.

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6. Socializing

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What it usually means: The desire by a person to be surrounded by other people.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Something you do maybe once a month, if you're feeling up to it.

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8. Invisible

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What it usually means: Something that is unable to be seen.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Your illness that cannot be seen on the outside but that feels so visible to you on the inside.

11. Adventure

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What it usually means: An unusual and exciting experience or activity.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Getting out of bed. Doing laundry. Going to work. Going on a walk.

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12. Medical Advice

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What it usually means: Advice given by a medical professional based on past knowledge or experience.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Advice given to you by your mom's friend's sister that she heard when watching The Dr. Oz Show.

13. Guinea Pig

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What it usually means: An animal, most often kept as a pet.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Something you feel like, after all the tests doctors run on you to figure out what's wrong with you.

14. Symptoms

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What it usually means: A physical or mental condition that indicate a disease or illness.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Something new that shows up every day! My legs hurt today!