What are some things you should never say to a person with chronic pain? (Part II)

Contributed by: Two subscribers to the painACTION newsletter
Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2010

Here are responses to this question that was asked in the painACTION user newsletter in May, 2010.

Response #1

My favorite is when they ask about your medication.  Top on the list!
“When do you think you will be able to stop taking that stuff?”
“Have you considered trying to quit taking all that pain medication?”
“You should really try to go to a detox program.”

Response #2

Never say, “How are you feeling today?”  “How is your back or arm or wherever your pain is?”
People don’t really want the answer, so teach them to say something else as a greeting.

Response #3

Never say, “You have a low tolerance to pain. I have a high tolerance to pain, so when I say ‘it hurts’, you know it’s really bad.”

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