Several years ago, I created a thread called The Beast.
It described what chronic pain would be if it was a live object. I thought it would be time for me to re-surface and re-word the original thread.
Once you have had spinal problems, especially surgery, you always need to be aware of The Beast
It can show up
After an ESI
After Physical Therapy
Missing some medications
Just abut anytime
That is because there is this living object called The Beast We can't see it, we can take a picture of it, and we can never become friends with it. But what is it really?
The wild animal that lurks within our bodies once we have spinal issues. The beast was never invited but it is with us and at times it comes out as an Ugly Beast causing Flare-ups and Pain
The beast is very hard to get rid of. So often, we don't know what caused the beast to start causing pain for us. It may come out anytime, anywhere, even when we are feeling good. We start to think we are doing everything right, because things are going better. Our daily pain levels seem to diminish, we do not need as much of our pain medications, we start to smile again
But then, the Beast returns Some times, there is no rhyme or reason to this beast. We have no idea why it is here again
However, once it is active, we need to take some actions to battle it, make sure it doesn't overtake us and finally beat down the beast and make it go away, even just for now.
It is very important for us to understand and realize the beast is there. The beast is real, don't try to fool yourself. If you ignore it, you might open yourself for various problems, discomfort, disappointment, and pain.
Just understand that the Beast is Never
Makes you feel better
An invited or welcomed guest
Is a cold, harsh unfeeling thing . that we all need to
- Understand it
- Hate it
- Learn how to Control and Tame it
So, how do we beat the Beast ?
Its not easy, over the years, I have never been able to figure out why the Beast returns, but it does!
I've tried yelling back at the beast, I've tried threatening it to go away, and at times I have been semi successful. But why or why does the Beast always want to strike at holidays, family outings, birthdays, everything that should be good.
The Beast is not my friend. I don't want it, I never want to see it again.
But I also need to be realistic.
So now, over all these years, I have built my arsenal so stop it. I am getting better and better and shutting down the
Beast but it is also good to know it does exist!
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences