Lesson 3: Pain Cannot be Understood by Someone Else Since it is a Subjective Experience
We all experience physical pain, and since doctors are human, they have experienced the typical pain described to them by patients. Doctors have experienced bad sunburn pain, ankle sprains, sore throats and much more, and they understand these types of pain.
But trying to explain in the office the aching muscle pain throughout the body isn’t an easy task. Explaining to a person who has never experienced the same pain before can never be easy.
Nowadays Ginevra aims at sharing the experience she has had so that doctors may gain a better understanding. She starts by using medical lingo that doctors are used to. She always shows doctors a portrait named “The Broken Column” by a fibromyalgia patient Frida Kahlo and a Mexican painter. In the portrait, Frida Kahlo is being pierced with several nails. She uses this as a visual to help those understand the pain further.