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Another twist on the Spoon Theory - Debits and Credits

I think by now most people who have been members even for a short while has seen pointers to and have read the "Spoon Theory" It is probably one of the best written articles that deal with the true understanding of chronic pain.

I have often thought about our ventures in chronic pain as sort of a debit/credit situation.


  • - Keeping up with the approved exercises
    - Maintaining a healthy diet
    - Mainlining a healthy life style
    - Not over doing anything
    - Keep to moderation
    - etc (just some to mention)

  • - Doing to much, the classic over doing
    - Forget about your diet and eat anything
    - No longer do any exercises
    - Forget moderation and do the things you like and want to do
    - Forget about all your restrictions and limitations
    - Forget you even had spinal surgery
On a day to day basis, I strongly believe as long as you keep on putting in those credits, then for the days you start with the debits your body should be able to handle it. The worst possible situation is when you are taking many more debits than any credits you put together.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    Thank you for this update to the Spoon Theory. I'm learning to plan for those "big things" that I really want to do....taking it easy for a day or two BEFORE the activity and planning to recover for at least two days after. For example, if I want to help at the concession stand for my daughter's high school band performance, I will need to bring along a folding chair and ice pack.

    If I want to get my shower *sparkly* clean, I need to get someone else (above mentioned daughter) or a paid house-cleaner to do it. Otherwise, I need to accept a slightly less *sparkly* shower!

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