Here is my newest post that can be found on The Mighty.
Pain flares tend to send me into fairly predictable downward spirals when it comes to my thinking. My mind begins to race, anxiety sets in, and my thoughts go in unhelpful directions, as I consider how the additional pain is going to affect my schedule over the next week.
Often, behind my anxiety and thoughts, I find a lot of questions. Questions such as…
“Will I make it through X responsibility tomorrow?”
“How bad is the pain going to be this weekend when I have to do Y?”
“How many days will the pain get progressively worse before it plateaus or feels better?”
“Is this flare going to be like the epic one I had last year?”
Typically, these questions head in two different directions.