The link between pain, lack of sleep and depression
Please understand that being sick doesn't mean I'm not still a human being. I have to spend most of my day in considerable pain and exhaustion, and if you visit, sometimes I probably don't seem like much fun to be with, but I'm still me, stuck inside this body.
With this one, it gets more confusing everyday. It can be like a yo-yo. I never know from day to day, how I am going to feel when I wake up.
Also, chronic pain may cause secondary depression (wouldn't you get depressed and down if you were hurting constantly for months or years?), but it is not created by depression. Understand this please.
Going without sleep due to pain is awful. Not being able to turn in bed because to do so sends shooting pains across my shoulders. I need to nap in a chair or I grab what sleep I can find. A lack of sleep really impacts my mood so sorry for this.
Bear with me and accept me as I am, as you find me. Please don’t judge. I know that you cannot understand my situation well unless you have been in my shoes. In many ways I depend on you, people who are not sick. I need you to visit me when I am too sick to go out. Sometimes I need you help me with the shopping, the cooking or the cleaning. I may need you to take me to the doctor, or to the store.