I really believe that anyone that has dealt with chronic pain for a extended period of time has said to themselves, This is it, I cant take it anymore
Thats probably not uncommon. Its what chronic pain can do to us and how it makes is behave.
But how we actually deal with it makes a world of difference.
We can give in, give up, let the pain continue and then just wallow in pain, waves of depression set in and we isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. That is just a downward spiral that starts slowly but builds up rapidly to the point where it is difficult to stop it.
We can fight it. How? How can we go through life day by day, living in pain, not being able to do the things we used to to, feel inadequate, feeling alone.
Again, if we give it, we are basically sentencing ourselves and our loved ones to a long and difficult/painful road.
What should we do? I am in no position to tell anyone how to deal with their own medical problems. But, I do know that giving up is like putting the final stamp on our lives as we knew it.
Instead, lets focus on what we can do to battle this pain, battle this discomfort and battle this beast.
For me, its setting objectives. Nothing major, it could be as simple as getting out of bed, walking into the kitchen, making some breakfast and go out for a walk.
If we set our goals very high , ie Pain free, we really only set ourselves up for disappointment.
The first people to climb Mt Everest, did they just say it one day and go out to conquer it? No, they slowly conditioned themselves to a point where they knew they had a fighting chance and odds to complete it.
Same as most of us. Take little steps and build upon them.
Its like building a pyramid. It is so important to have a solid base, for without that, it is so easy to topple down.
Work on the foundation and then add additional layers/levels. As long as our base is sound, we all should be able to add and add and add.
Its so easy to get discouraged, I dont know how to stop that, but I do know that we have to move beyond that phase and then onto a phase of can do
There isn't a member on this site, no matter what their medical problem is, that they can not take strides to improve what already is.
You just have to want it and want it badly
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences