Chronic Pain Awareness Month

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My second round of Covid is nearing it’s end. But, I still have a rough cough and all my food tastes weird. Since I see the end of it, I do feel more positive. I always appreciate my “normal” after a bad flare or illness.

I love that it’s officially fall, because it’s my favorite season. The leaves haven’t begun to turn their beautiful shades red, orange, and yellow. When they do, I hope hubby and I can drive around and enjoy the scenery. Autumn has so much to distract from my health problems.

Cooler weather makes it easier to go outside. The heat wave that we had recently, kept me inside. Being out in the suffocating heat made me feel worse. So far, 2023 has been a year filled with flares and sickness (which is on top of my regular pain).

Did you know that September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month? I feel that I could write a book on that topic. The problem is, no one would enjoy reading it. The thing I really hate is how chronic pain folk are treated. We are expected to suck it up and put a smile on our face.

Older Woman Crying

No one wants to be around a sick person, especially if they appear to be sick. If someone asks how I feel, I better say “fine” or their eyes will soon wander to something different. If you have friends that actually are interested in your disease or pain, you are truly blessed.

“Chronic Pain”, like any other term, can be misued. If a regular person has knee pain, which is the result of falling down they may believe and say that they have chronic pain. Chronic pain is NOT the type of pain that resolves after physical therapy or rest with an ice pack.

Chronic Pain never, ever goes away. There could be a day when the pain seems to be more mild, but that’s not because it’s getting better. Forget about the Get Well Cards…..they don’t fit.

I’ve been in constant pain since I was a teenager. When I was discovered to have Scoliosis, I was placed in a Milwaukee backbrace. The pain was so horrible, I wasn’t able to go to school for a week. I was given strong pain relievers, to try to deal with pain caused from the brace’s pressure to move my bones. I then took Tylenol and Advil as the pain was a little more bearable.

The first month of wearing the brace was too much. I had trouble sitting in my desk and with more pain medicine I usually feel asleep in class. Well, the adventures of Lisa In A Backbrace could fill a book (that wouldn’t be worth reading). As I got used to the brace, I was able to get around a little better.

In marching band practice my legs stopped moving. I started to cry and the band director came to check on me. I finally remembered that I could loosen the waist-strap. This allowed me to get bloodflow back to my lower body and I could walk. After resting a few minutes I rejoined my band-geek friends and finished marching.

lady looks to sky

This was before my other health conditions showed their ugly faces. No matter what other disease I’m diagnosed with, my chronic back pain is the worst. Over the years I’m usually able to put the pain out of my mind, if it falls in the 4-5 range.

I really do try to not whine, because it turns everyone off. At home, I’m more prone to talk about a symptom that’s really bothering me. That’s because my family understands my diseases and conditions. That makes them a great help, because they use their brains to think of ways that might make a symptom less aggravating.

My goal is to be content in spite of living in chronic pain. This isn’t always so easy for me. It’s easy to become more content on my better days. When I’m in a bad flare, it’s easier to grumpy, moody, and even mean. When I feel like that, I just want to be alone and not talk to anyone.

I don’t expect to never feel down or grumpy. There are days that you will feel so bad and out of it, contentment is just something that will be almost impossible. But, my soul will be filled with joy on the days that are filled with gratitude. All things aren’t going to be right with my health, but they will be right with God.

@2023, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions and experiences, and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

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