I'm 39 years old and still struggle to accept the fact that I have centralised pain syndrome and fibromyalgia on top of Crohn's disease and crippling irritable bowel syndrome. Pain has been a constant in my life since childhood, but I always assumed it would get better.
It hasn't. It's getting worse.
I also struggle with mental health issues - post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD. I've tried several antidepressants, all kinds of pain medications, physio, acupuncture, radical dietary change, everything. After endless doctors appointments and specialists and tests, my outcome is "poor".
For the past few years, I've