As a long time chronic pain sufferer, DDD, fibromyalgia, Ptsd, and years of acupuncture (never lasts more than a day),
years of Physical therapy, some ok, but cannot cure the problem. ice packs, heat packs, stretching, breathing techniques, better sleeping patterns. And had to be put on permanent disability to deal with this mess. I call my body and mind.
Here is my thought on dealing with this every day.
In gratitude I say, if you put your mind to it, you can find ways to improve your outlook, even if you are being treated for manic-depressive on top of all the physical agony.
I have decided that studying, Zen techniques, I have not allowed the pain to keep me from fully enjoying some of my favorite things.here is how you can do it. Start with Acceptance and work you way to happiness.
1) You admit you no longer can do what you did before
2) You take authority over your own body- No doctor should have complete control over your well being ( that is your job)
3) understand that most surgeons and physicians are in it for the money, so get that understanding now.
4) When you do get a test done, wait for the results right there, and ask for a copy of your MRI, PET, or X-ray from the technician, they almost always will give you a copy of the exam (FREE) but you have to ask, and wait for it from them.
Never assume your MD or whomever ordered the test, including blood work will tell you what you need to know, GET YOUR COPIES. If you wait, you will have to pay them. WHY WAIT?
5) Eat better, I realized when I cut out sugars, heavy carbs, and meats, and ate more fruits and vegetables I feel a lot better. you must boost your immune system to feel better.
6) Make sure your family knows, they need to take care of you now, not the other way around. if you can do it yourself, then do it. ( I'm still battling that one) some of my family don't get it, so they are at my choice, not able to come around much.
7) I now meditate, relax, create floral designs and jewelry, have friends by often to keep my spirits up, and always carry a pillow. So between surgeries, I do what I can, but always do something you love in a downscaled way, at least you will love it, and your life better, while you suffer. I have wind chimes, binaural support, incense, sensory support, candles, soothing atmosphere support, and internet. Remember your soul!!!! And set good boundaries, or people won't know, as you look good on the outside, and are suffering on the inside. It's all up to you. Back to my flowers now. Peace to all, seek support. But be your own best friend. A fellow sufferer.