Chronic Pain Can Suck It
Chronic pain is a bitch.
When I realized that this spring is my 10-year anniversary of having chronic headaches I started getting all emotional and weird. I was thinking about how tough it has been and how much of a bummer it has been, but how it had shaped me as a person and yada yada yada…
Then I mentioned it to my chiropractor, the human most responsible for helping me to NOT have pain everyday. As soon as I brought it up he nicely, but clearly, called me an idiot. He asked why I was focusing on the anniversary of the beginning of pain instead of the small anniversaries of being pain free. He said he only wants to hear, “it’s been 3 weeks since my last headache!” or “It’s been 4 years since my last concussion.” DUHHHHHH!
I was shocked by how obvious it seemed. Of course I was getting all emotional and weird. I was focusing on the part that sucked instead of the amazing wonderful feeling of being without a constant headache.
So chronic pain can suck it. This spring I am celebrating that I can go for a couple weeks before I feel the tell-tale tension in my neck and that I have the tools to dissipate the tension and to keep my body and head healthy and happy. Woohoo!
Thanks, Doc. You really do know all the things.
Originally posted March 9, 2016.