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

"Spoon."

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1. Advil

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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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.

2. Spoon

What it usually means: A utensil used to eat food or scoop things.What it means to people with chronic pain: Something you only get so many of.
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What it usually means: A utensil used to eat food or scoop things.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Something you only get so many of.

3. Sick day

What it usually means: A day you miss an obligation because you are unable to attend due to sickness.What it means to people with chronic pain: Every day of your life.
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What it usually means: A day you miss an obligation because you are unable to attend due to sickness.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Every day of your life.

4. Tired

What it usually means: Needing rest or sleep.What it means to people with chronic pain: A constant feeling, no matter how many hours of sleep you get each night.
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What it usually means: Needing rest or sleep.

What it means to people with chronic pain: A constant feeling, no matter how many hours of sleep you get each night.

5. Friends

What it usually means: People you choose to spend your free time with.What it means to people with chronic pain: People who understand when you have to cancel plans.
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What it usually means: People you choose to spend your free time with.

What it means to people with chronic pain: People who understand when you have to cancel plans.

6. Socializing

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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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.

7. Plans

What it usually means: Arrangements made in advance. What it means to people with chronic pain: Something you try to avoid making at all costs, in case you have to cancel them because of a bad pain day.
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What it usually means: Arrangements made in advance.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Something you try to avoid making at all costs, in case you have to cancel them because of a bad pain day.

8. Invisible

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.
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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.

9. Battle

What it usually means: A fight between opposing sides. What it means to people with chronic pain: Your attempt at getting out of bed everyday.
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What it usually means: A fight between opposing sides.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Your attempt at getting out of bed everyday.

10. Doctor's Office

What it usually means: A place where people go to be seen by a doctor.What it means to people with chronic pain: A source of immense anxiety.
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What it usually means: A place where people go to be seen by a doctor.

What it means to people with chronic pain: A source of immense anxiety.

11. Adventure

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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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.

12. Medical Advice

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.
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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

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.
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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

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!
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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!

15. Community

What it usually means: A group of people living in the same place.What it means to people with chronic pain: Fellow spoonies who remind you that you are never alone.
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What it usually means: A group of people living in the same place.

What it means to people with chronic pain: Fellow spoonies who remind you that you are never alone.