I have never considered myself in chronic pain since my cervical spine issues started last May. Of course, I've had the pre-surgical pain that led to surgery last October and the residual surgical pain since, but I've only started having what I would consider sporatic but severe sciatic pain in the last few months or so. I know there are those of you who know this pain - it kills my lower back, left hip and shooting pains down usually only my left leg, but now my right as well. It's very hard to sit on something that's not really soft, too. My tailbone hurts.
I guess I'm just having a pity party tonight because this is the first time since everything started that I've actually cried because of the pain I have tonight and of course it's snowballed thinking about the pain I've had over the last year. I can't really do anything about my sciatic pain because I'm limited by my lack of health insurance.
Because I'm so upset tonight, I guess my question is when do we consider ourselves in chronic pain? There are so many of you that have had this for so many years and I know mine seems like a blink of an eye, but when do we resolve ourselves to it? When do we consider ourselves in chronic pain?
Thanks for listening. It'll be better tomorrow.
I feel so lost right now...do you understand?