9 Things I Learned About Chronic Pain in 2015

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Each year that passes by with chronic pain,I learn more about how to manage life in the midst of limitations. Here is what I learned in 2015.

  1. Seasons of chronic pain do shift and change. Some days are better than others, and the worst days do not always stay the worst days.
  2. Quitting a job is not the end of the world. Take some rest, and you may get another chance later.
  3. Life is so much better when you live the life you have instead of trying to live the life you wish you could have.
  4. Careful pacing makes life slower, but so much better.
  5. Ordering all of your groceries and household products online is an amazing way to save energy for other things. Use your spoons on the things that matter.
  6. Instead of saying “Sorry” for your pain and limitations, say “Thank you” for the help people give you.
  7. Lots of small coping skills can add up to significant pain management. Don’t overlook “little” things like ice and heat, getting enough rest, distraction, over-the-counter meds, etc…
  8. It’s OK, actually sometimes it’s better, to clean the kitchen tomorrow.
  9. Chronic pain changes your life, but it doesn’t have to ruin it.

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4 responses

  1. So many excellent points! I especially agree with ordering household staples online. It’s possible to set up a standing order with Amazon to deliver these items each month. Just keep a list of what you use and how long it lasts. For example, how many rolls of paper towels, tubes of toothpaste, etc that you go through in a month. It’s so stressful trying to navigate crowds and standing at the checkout. Delegate the drudgery!

    • Hi Marline,

      Great tip about the Amazon monthly subscriptions! I use it for certain items, and I agree it is super convenient.

  2. These are really helpful, and I am printing them out as I write this! I have taken on more work recently and I notice the uptick in pain, swelling, and flareups. Besides the important shifts in attitude you recommend, I also need to seriously consider ordering groceries online or having them delivered by our local small grocery story, which offers this service. I have to recognize the temptation in myself to try to keep doing everything that I did before I took on this job–and that doesn’t make sense! Thanks to you for sharing your wisdom from this past year, and to Becca @ I’m Lost in Books for sharing your article on her blog!

    • I am so glad you found them helpful! Starting next week I will also be working more hours, and I am already anticipating the pain increase! I am totally with you on wanting to try and do everything that I used to do before…I know it just won’t happen! I am definitely going to be looking for as many ways as possible to conserve energy. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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