As long as I can remember I have had chronic abdominal pain. I have had almost too many diagnoses, the latest is fibromyalgia. I have had numerous surgeries and tests. For a time it seemed like a new test and new doctor nearly every week! Of course with a condition like chronic pain it has a way of affecting every aspect of your life, the hardest symptoms, other than the pain would be the mental health aspects.
After being diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety, I made the best decision I could have ever made! I went to a psychologist, and I got hypnotherapy! It's actually helping! I am able to have a casual job and attempt to study without constant pain. It took me 23 years, but I am getting there and I won't let myself give in on not living a full ,happy life. I don't believe that there is such thing as "normal." We are all just striving to be our best selves!