I’m currently in an extreme pain cycle (that’s a civilized way of putting it)
My bone disease is progressing. I have a pelvic stress fracture, ankle stress fracture, foot fractures in both feet, non-union broken femur and for good measure my Rheumatoid Arthritis is flaring.
Put plainly, I hurt!
Pain Is So Personal
Pain is such a highly personal thing and while we can all relate to varying levels of high pain, we all have very individual reactions to it.
Some people with high level chronic pain withdraw altogether. Some cry, some laugh, some are silent, some sleep, some can’t sleep, some eat, some can’t eat.
Writing Takes The Pain Out Of My Body
Others, like me, tend to talk or write about it. Partly I talk about it because it names it. Writing takes the pain out of my body and puts it into words. It helps me acknowledge it and make changes to my day, week etc to manage it….or to at least think I’m managing it.
It is so cathartic and as I write, even though my pain remains, I feel a sense of calm and peace.
I also write about my pain to encourage others to feel free to talk about their experiences. After all, “a problem shared is a problem halved” right?
As I ponder today about how I’m going to try and move through the next hour, day and week ahead, one thing is certain….my pain can’t be easily removed.
Pain Can’t Have All Of Me
It’s my constant companion but I am as determined as possible to remain joyful. That joy can be in the moment or it can be looking ahead to anticipated joy.
Let’s face it, a good dose of happy day dreaming never hurt anyone and it can help me take the focus off pain, onto happier things.
Pain takes so much from us, no matter your level of pain, no matter your disease.
I know, believe me I know, it’s not as simple as putting a smile on your face and thinking happy thoughts. It’s definitely not easy.
Living with pain is like walking through a battlefield. You try and move forward, cowering and wondering where the enemy is and where the next attack will be coming from.
Like soldiers though we learn to fight another day. Chonic pain keeps us constantly wounded, all to varying degrees but we don’t want to be defeated. We find ways to reclaim our lives. We find ways to conquer our enemy.
Everyone’s battle is different but every battle story is so inspiring and encouraging. Muse upon your own story and look at what you have achieved despite your pain, with your pain, through your pain.
You’ll be amazed to see just how strong you really are!
If you’re looking for genuine support, care, understanding and friendship, you are so welcome to join my closed Facebook support forum, Medical Musings with Friends . It’s a safe place to connect with others living with chronic and complex diseases, who truly understand the daily challenges. A warm welcome awaits.
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