Hi to the Forum Members,
I've decided it's time for me to tackle my chronic pain head-on.
I've been living with it for nearly 20 years now (I'm 35) and have been seeing Dr's and physical therapists and pain specialists and counsellors throughout that time, but have never made it a top priority til now.
I have bad back pain, migraines, severe period pain and generalised chronic pain (which may be something like fibromyalgia)
Ever since it's started, I've just wanted it to "go away"....
Now I may have to face the idea, that pain is here to stay - it's a normal part of life - and all I can do is to reduce it to acceptable levels.
I've only recently found out how sport triggers my migraines. Until then, I'd just avoided sport pretty much altogether, because the effects (pain) were so awful. Now that I've found migraine-free ways of exercising, I'm hopeful that the exercise will help with improving my back/ fitness/ muscle pain.
I don't really understand how I've been able to go almost 20 years without making my chronic pain to an *issue* or priority in my life.
I guess one reason is that it started so young, that I didn't really know how to deal with it at all.
Plus, in my family, there's a general attitude of "shut up and bear it" - which I guess I internalised.
So I've ignored my pain when it wasn't at its maximum and have allowed it to control my life when it was really bad.
I need to turn this around.
I need me and my life to be the focus. And chronic pain to just be one small part of that - and something that I am confronting head-on.
I hope to find a new orthopaedic specialst in January and to start a proper chronic-pain-management plan with him. Until now, my current Dr has just been seeing my and superficially treating whatever symptoms come up, as they occur... No plan or road-map for how to deal with the pain long-term, or how to move towards a more healthy and pain-free life...
So I hope I'm going to get more aware of my pain and of the impact it has on every day of my life, so that I can learn to deal with it properly - not feeling so helpless and wishing it would go away.
Looking forward to talking to people here...
Happiness is your chronic pain being less than it usually is...
Migraines and so many herniated discs (the same ones over and over) that I have literally stopped counting