An artistic representation of chronic pain in a series of four illustrations.
The pain sneaks up like tiny, but persistent pins in various places around my scalp. But I’m hopeful that it might only be a normal headache that will fade with some rest. At this stage I’m still able to think coherently and work, but the terror of what’s coming is burrowing its claws into the base of my skull. Please let this be a feeble headache.
The first shows the start of a painful migraine where the head, face and neck of a woman is being pierced by various large pins. The second shows the silent acceptance of and the pain exploding through the back of the skull. The third shows a full explosion of pain, scattering shrapnel of skull and hair like a fine mist of confetti. Her head is busy tearing apart at the front. The final is the after-effect, where the head has been stapled together. The hair is a fuzzy mess depicting the feeling of brain-fog.