I think almost everyone that knows me, knows about my long surgical history. And you would also know that I have maintained a very positive attitude and good outlook on the entire situation.
I have had help
- Supportive Family
- Excellent doctors
- Various medications
- A degree of alcohol
Yes, I did say alcohol. I realize that while you are on pain medications, alcohol should be avoided. Over the years, I have convinced myself that because my body has adjusted to all the medications, alcohol has little impact.
Little is the key. I always try to maintain that. My physiatrist realizes that after 30+ years in dealing with chronic pain, there is a level of depression that sets in and many times alcohol helps in a degree of relaxation. But she will also say, thats fine with 1 glass of wine a night. But honestly, there have been times, when I've exceeded that. At least I know that I dont need it, I just enjoy it ( again, many of you will realize my background and love for great wine, craft beers, craft whiskeys and special food )
But I also know that because of all these years, chronic pain has worn me down a bit. My recent decompression surgery (03/21/16) was semi-urgent to correct a severe stenosis problem along with some bladder problems. My first 3 weeks post surgery I was doing pretty good. However, since then its been a slipper slope. I have lots of nerve pain, which the surgeon says is normal based on the amount of compressed nerves I had. This, I know will take time to heal. I am also very unstable on my feet, and have fallen about a half a dozen times since surgery. Based on all of this, my physiatrist and I both agree that seeing a professional chronic pain counselor may benefit. I know how to deal with chronic pain and life situations, but I think from time to time, we could all use a tune-up.
This doesnt change my outlook or positive attitude. I still know I can beat anything and will succeed.
But in case there are some of you out there that feel like you slipped a bit, remember you are never alone and it is normal for anyone who has to deal with chronic pain.