#snapshotsofpain

What if pain wasn’t invisible?

These works were created as a way of showing what chronic pain ‘looks like’ to those who don’t experience it.

Suggestions made by the Instagram community via comments and messages were then turned into collages.

FIRECRACKER  'My pain looks like firecrackers exploding in my skull.'  @artful_agony

FIRECRACKER

'My pain looks like firecrackers exploding in my skull.'

@artful_agony

THUNDER

'My pain looks like a storm with super dark clouds building up and terrible thunder and lightening'

submitted by @irene.mittnacht

JACKHAMMER

'My pain looks like a knife that is also a jackhammer'

submitted by @ohmycarling

DAMN EARTHQUAKE

'My pain looks like a damn earthquake'

submitted by @mo0nkid

CREATURE

'My pain looks like something has clawed itself into my lower back and I have to drag it along with me.'

submitted by @naimarealismus

FURNACE

'My pain looks like a furnace of flames coming out of my chest and legs.'

submitted by @awellness_tale

FIREANTS

'My pain looks like fire ants biting my skin all over, especially my legs.'

submitted by @katemeadley

ELEPHANT

'My pain looks like an elephant sitting on my brain.'

submitted by @ laura.lappalainen

RAZOR BLADES  'My pain looks like razor blades that dig into me when I move'  submitted by @sea_morris

RAZOR BLADES

'My pain looks like razor blades that dig into me when I move'

submitted by @sea_morris

BEACH BALL

‘‘My pain looks like a beach ball I keep trying to push under the water but it keens exploding back up.’

submitted by @amberisblue

THORNS

'My pain looks like a big nasty bruise with thorns on my entire body.'

submitted by @jyoti_a_fibrowarrior

BED  'My pain looks like a bed in a desolate lonely forest that a fire has swept through and I'm stuck there not knowing how to get out.'  submitted by @gizmo_art86

BED

'My pain looks like a bed in a desolate lonely forest that a fire has swept through and I'm stuck there not knowing how to get out.'

submitted by @gizmo_art86

BASEBALL BAT

‘My pain looks like someone else following me and whacking me with a baseball bat.’

submitted by @thechronicpainwarrior

KITTENS

‘My pain looks like kittens struggling to break free from a tied up gunny sack. You can hear them mewing.’

submitted by @chinchowdoll

HOT SUN

‘Have you ever seen footage of what the surface of the sun would look like? A bubbling mass spitting hot lava… imagine a woman made of that substance, that’s my every waking moment.’

submitted by @behindthedooratnumber10

ROOMMATE

‘My pain is the worst roommate ever who won’t listen to eviction notices.’

submitted by @dogteaknit

BOB THE BUILDER

‘My pain looks like plasti toy soldiers constantly picking me with bayonets while I’m on one of those vibration plates (and also Bob the Builder is doing renovations in my head).

submitted by @diane_is_probably_in_bed

BALLOONS

‘My pain looks like balloons swelling and bursting inside my head.’

submitted by @hickorynut94

DYING OF THIRST

‘My pain looks like me dying of thirst despite the river being so close.’

submitted by @felixfelicis08

HEAVYWEIGHT

‘My fatigue looks like sinking in the ocean chained to a heavy weight that drags me down.’

submitted by @sleeepygiant

VENOM

‘My pain looks like venom nesting in my cartilage’

submitted by @jessica1ane

CONSTANT SADNESS

‘My pain looks like constant sadness and anxiety with my heart breaking day by day.’

submitted by @abstractiveflow_artnz

CHAINMAIL  ‘My pain looks like heavy chain mail that I can never take off.’  submitted by @rubyannrorty

CHAINMAIL

‘My pain looks like heavy chain mail that I can never take off.’

submitted by @rubyannrorty

FLAGELLATION

‘My pain looks like flagellation, the universe hates me and whips me every day.’

submitted by @carminasuzannemodel

TRAFFIC

My pain looks like traffic on a freeway, it starts to overwhelm me and I can’t think straight.

submitted by @cascadianing

PIGGYBACK

‘My pain looks like piggy backing an elephant.’

submitted by @clovercoleman

THUNDER STORM  ‘My pain looks like a thunder storm: my aching muscles, head and joints are the thunder, my nerve pain is the lightening.’  submitted by @rayah82

THUNDER STORM

‘My pain looks like a thunder storm: my aching muscles, head and joints are the thunder, my nerve pain is the lightening.’

submitted by @rayah82

FILLED WITH BEES

‘Filled with bees’

submitted by @highafpriestess

HELIUM BALLOON  ‘My pain looks like a helium balloon attached to my ankles obeying anti-gravity and dragging me down a little bit all the time.’  submitted by @still _ emily_daye

HELIUM BALLOON

‘My pain looks like a helium balloon attached to my ankles obeying anti-gravity and dragging me down a little bit all the time.’

submitted by @still_emily_daye

TARGET BOARD

‘My pain looks like being plastered to a spinning spiked target board with darts lit on fire being thrown at random places.’

submitted by @chronically.keda

TROLL  ‘My pain looks like bruises being set on fire by a tiny evil troll.’  submitted by @fibrogoddesstribe

TROLL

‘My pain looks like bruises being set on fire by a tiny evil troll.’

submitted by @fibrogoddesstribe

WOUND

‘My pain looks like a wound that never heals all the way.’

submitted by @redlightwriting

SALT

‘My pain looks like salt touching an open wound.’

submitted by @arushilohiya

STEEL RODS

‘My pain looks like fiery hot steel rods have replaced all of my bones.’

submitted by @lenzeysuzanne