A question about niceties when you suffer from chronic pain.
Back in may, I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke
. While managing to avoid any severe neurological damage or impairment, I have been left with a chronic pain condition. My muscles hurt all day, every day.
My co-workers, both as part of regular greeting and out of friendly inquisitiveness will ask me "how are you?" I find myself torn between several competing imperatives:
1. I want to be honest.
2. I want to be friendly/polite.
3. I don't want to be "that guy who's always complaining about his health".
The answer I'm currently using is "Same as always, how are you?"
Chronic pain sufferers (and those who love them), what responses do you use in these (and similar situations), given my list of imperatives? Thanks.