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Humor and Chronic Pain: A Top 10 List

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When you are living with CHRONIC PAIN, it is vitally important to try to have a sense of HUMOR about your situation.

I live with pain and I know that it is no laughing matter, and this is not intended to make light of a difficult situation, but I have also learned that if you don’t laugh about the challenges in life, you are likely to cry.

In the spirit of laughter, I have composed a top 10 list.

The Top 10 Clues You Live with Chronic Pain:

10- You wish there really was a Dr. House, M.D.

9- You watch every medical drama and understand the medical jargon, the differential diagnosis and worse yet, half the cases sound like they could be yours.

8- Your doctors talk to you like colleagues, instead of patients, because you are so well-educated on your condition(s).

7- The “middle of the night” for you is actually more like 2 o’clock in the afternoon because you deal with “sleep issues.”

6- Doing your chores, sometimes literally means just getting out of bed and taking a shower.

5- Everyday feels like PMS. (For Women)

4- You carry more pills than a pharmacy.

3- Your moods change…frequently.

2- You forget things like…wait, what was I talking about?

1- Your doctor sees you and touches you more than your spouse! (Ba-Dum-Ching)

I may not be able to do a lot of things because of my pain, but one of the few things I can do without pain (usually) is smile and laugh.

What can you add to this list?

Photo courtesy of Corie Howell via Compfigh

Humor and Chronic Pain: A Top 10 List

Tracy Rydzy MSW, LSW

My name is Tracy and I am a licensed social worker. I was working as a Social Worker, when an emergency spinal surgery 2 years ago changed my life and my career. I live with chronic pain and, as a result, I have taken my social work and writing skills, and made them into this blog. This blog is a humorous, informative, no-holds barred honest look at life with chronic pain, depression and disability.”

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APA Reference
Rydzy MSW, T. (2013). Humor and Chronic Pain: A Top 10 List. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 15, 2019, from


Last updated: 26 Oct 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Oct 2013
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