just to introduce myself... I first started checking out Healing Well when I was having a lot of chest pain (anxiety) during a difficult period in my life about 3 years ago. I have had depression probably going back to my childhood, with it being sometimes worse than other times.
Right now i have had plantar fasciitis for like a year. I went to a podiatrist several times, I went to a chiropractor 11 times and it won't go away. In a couple weeks, I try a new podiatrists, hoping he will have the magic cure.
Because it is the tendons in my foot, sometimes it is hard to walk and stand and I limp. I would say it is chronic pain, though I know that for sure it is very minor compared to what many of you are going through.
And I guess I have to say that sometimes I always run into that. I mean... yes, I was sexually abused as a kid, but there was no penetration, so in some people's book, it wasn't the worst thing. Yes, I've had anxiety, but it wasn't a full-blown panic attack. Yes, I've had depression, but never made a suicide attempt or been hospitalized.
It's always like, yes, I have some problem, but I can always function, and life goes on. But my problems never seem to go away for good. I'm always still really troubled by stuff from the past, and this physical pain thing (which is new to me), sometimes just drives me nuts and I imagine cutting off my foot with an ax or something.
I guess I shouldn't compare myself to other people, but it seems like sometimes it is hard for people to help me when I am only "in between" in their minds. Like once I went to a self-help group for people who had been sexually abused, and I felt so out of place because my experience just wasn't as bad as theirs! But my experience was still awful.
anyway, just venting, I guess.