I do understand that we all have good and bad days as far as chronic pain goes, but because recovery from the last surgery seems to be taking so long, I'm also trying to cope with boredom (|:
In the past, I have relied on being able to work - which totally consumed my days and left me too exhausted and in pain to do anything in the evening anyway. But I haven't worked since September and although I've got a works meeting next Friday, I am still not sure if I'll be allowed back or not (I do hope so).
To give you an idea, a couple of my hobbies are:
Photography - I even had my own darkroom years ago where I'd develop and print my own b & w film images. I really loved it, seeing the image magically appear on the page was always exciting, albeit very solitary. I don't do it any more because there's too much bending involved that it's just too painful now. I have since changed to digital, but haven't been out for quite a while because the weather here in the UK is very poor and I'm still recovering from surgery. Hopefully I can get back into this when the better weather arrives.
Art - I actually tried last week to start painting again and whilst I can stand up, using a tall metal easel, I didn't realise how standing in one position for too long would adversely affect my back. I know I should have taken breaks and walked about more often but got so engrossed that 3 hours just flew by. For the following couple of days I couldn't do any because of my increased back pain, which was disappointing. Still, at least I CAN do this, I'll just have to pace myself and perhaps do a little less at each session. I'm hoping next week to do a little each day if I can.
Ha! I'd like to also say that 'retail therapy' would be a perfect hobby for me (isn't this true for every female?), as the walking involved can only be a good thing for my back, but sadly not being at work right now has ruled this one out
So, I was just curious to find out what, if anything, other people on Spine Health thoroughly enjoy doing that does not increase your pain?
I may pick up some ideas from you that I might not have thought about otherwise. I'd really be interested to read any comments you have. Thanks.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!