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When Living with Chronic Pain Feels Normal

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Let’s clear some things up first. Pain shouldn’t be a normal part of your life, but chronic pain is a condition that affects a large number of people in the world. Some attribute it to old age, others think it’s to do with underlying health conditions, and some are convinced they have to live with it. However, as debilitating as it can be, there are plenty of treatments available and a proper diagnosis can do wonders for you. Even if living with chronic pain becomes normal, there are ways to make your everyday more comfortable. 

Diagnose the Problem

First of all, don’t go online and try to look for people that have similar symptoms. Chronic pain is a personal experience, and it’s usually different for everyone. Some people will have it at different times to you, some will experience pain in other parts of the body, and some experience different types of pain.

Since it can occur at seemingly random times and in various parts of the body, it’s best you see a doctor to properly diagnose the problem. Technology and the internet can only take you so far, so try not to rely too much on a self diagnosis.

Seek Advice when Living with Chronic Pain

You likely already know this one. Usually the first person to seek the advice of for more comfortable living with chronic pain is a doctor. They can teach you some basic chronic pain management techniques or at least refer you to a specialist who can tell you how to lessen the effects of chronic pain.

These strategies usually involve meditative breathing exercises, and you might get a painkiller prescription for immediate relief. In some situations, surgery may be necessary to improve your condition. But this is rare and usually optional unless the pain gets overwhelming.

Fit Your Life around Your Pain

Depending on what your diagnosis is, it’s possible to fit your life around chronic pain. One of the most basic examples is to look at your furniture if you have a back issue. If you spend a lot of time sitting down, then invest in a sturdy chair that supports your entire back.

It might require a bit of trial and error but there are furniture pieces designed to be ergonomic. Certain furnishings are made specifically to reduce the type of pain you experience regularly.

Mental Health Considerations

Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, to a point that it affects your mental health. When this occurs, it likely interferes with your daily life and can even cause stress at times. Stress is taxing on the body; it can raise your anxiety levels and even spiral into depression.

It’s important to look after your mental state during this time because it can easily spiral out of control. Focus on trying to surround yourself with positivity. Doing so can help with pain management. Also, always seek help when times get rough. Remember that you’re never alone in your journey, and there are many online communities and support groups ready to help those living with chronic pain.

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36 Comments

  1. trouvaillebycarol June 27, 2017

    This is a really good post, my father was diagnosed with Lung cancer last year (luckily he is in remission now) but his mental state took a temporary hit – but luckily we have a great Healthcare system in Australia and we all made it through!

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    1. Christy B June 28, 2017

      It sounds like your family used the resources available and I’m glad for it ~ Happy to hear your dad is in remission <3

  2. Rae Longest June 27, 2017

    I was in pain as I read this today after hearing from my doctor that I’ll probably just have to live with it or adjust my lifestyle. I think it was as hard for him (He is young.) to tell me this as it was for me to hear it. (I am old.) I am trying really hard not to become depressed and making an effort to focus on anything positive. Your article was “just there.” Not a coincidence.

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    1. Christy B June 28, 2017

      Wow. What timing. Sending a gentle hug your way, Rae

  3. indianeskitchen June 27, 2017

    I have lived with chronic pain for almost 20 years. May 18th I finally had surgery and it’s gone! Your blog brings back so many memories!

    Reply
    1. Rae Longest June 28, 2017

      My hope IS surgery. I am thinking about planning it for this summer. It will take all summer for the recoups.

    2. indianeskitchen June 28, 2017

      Never give up trying for a solution! Good luck!

  4. Tanya June 27, 2017

    I really feel for people who are suffering, you feel quite helpless at times.

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    1. Christy B June 28, 2017

      Yes… It’s tough when we want to help but can’t.. or we try and it doesn’t work… I know what you mean.. you have a good heart

    2. Tanya June 28, 2017

      Thank you Christy, I can feel that you do too! Xo

  5. Megala June 27, 2017

    Great share!

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    1. Christy B June 28, 2017

      Thank you for dropping by!

  6. shehannemoore June 28, 2017

    Great advice my darling. It must be awful for anyone who finds themselves in this position. I know a lot of folks like this xxxxxx

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    1. Christy B June 28, 2017

      Hugs. You are so sweet and considerate, Shey xx And I loved catching up the tweets yesterday. Your shares and return comments to me are always appreciated <3

    2. shehannemoore June 29, 2017

      These were lovely posts you had today–yesterday now–about the children and values and health. you have put such thought into this series. You could put it all into a self help style book xxx

  7. peoplevoodoo June 28, 2017

    Network Spinal Analysis :-) worth a look.

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  8. roughwighting June 28, 2017

    I don’t think we can understand how debilitating and depressing chronic pain can be unless we experience it. I had a friend who lived with fibromyalgia for years and she suffered horribly at times. I sympathized, but I never really understood until I tore my shoulder out of its socket. The pain was excruciating, and even after it was fixed, it was still chronically painful for several weeks. This pain made it difficult for me to think right, to write right, to act right and to sleep right. From then on, I’ve had such much more empathy for those in chronic pain. “Helpless” is a good word that Tanya uses, above.

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    1. Christy B June 28, 2017

      I almost felt the pain when you wrote that “tore” your shoulder, Pamela. But you’re quite right that we don’t really get it until it happens to us. It’s like with my depression. People say they understand but until they have experienced it themselves, they cannot fully comprehend it. Still, the support and consideration of others is priceless. Thank you for your comment!

    2. roughwighting June 28, 2017

      <3

  9. Clanmother June 28, 2017

    Christy – your posts are life-affirming and provide excellent strategies for living life to its fullest!

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    1. Christy B June 28, 2017

      Rebecca, yes, you get it, that’s exactly what this is all about, living life fully!! Thank you xxoo

  10. hiddenpositives June 28, 2017

    As always, I love this. I really do look to your posts for comfort and advice, I’m so glad I found you here. This is so important, chronic pain has such a stigma attached to it, it’s so important to be informed and empathetic because it’s such a difficult transition to make. Learning to live with chronic pain is so difficult, it’s not easy to pick up a new life up off the shelf and just step into it. Learning to live with pain takes time, patience and a good shoulder to cry on✨💛

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    1. Christy B June 28, 2017

      Wow, your compliment humbles me. I must say that’s so sweet of you to write here. I appreciate that you mention the importance of a “good shoulder to cry on” because the reality is that we all can benefit from the support of others <3

  11. dgkaye June 29, 2017

    Wonderful ideas for help with pain Christy. You said it in the first sentence, pain is NOT a normal part of life and shouldn’t be ignored. :) xx

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    1. Christy B June 30, 2017

      It’s easy to get used to the pain.. Glad you’re here so I can say how great I hope your weekend is :) xx

    2. dgkaye June 30, 2017

      Thanks again sweet girl. Wishing you a wonderful Happy 150th Birthday! <3🎈💞

  12. Prajakta June 30, 2017

    Been suffering from this weird ankle pain for months now and I have not done anything about it! You have given me this push to call up the doctor and set something up – I need to stop ignoring it!

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    1. Christy B July 2, 2017

      Oh I do hope you get an appointment soon, P xx I send healing vibes your way

    2. Prajakta July 3, 2017

      Going today :) Thanks Christy!

  13. John Fioravanti July 2, 2017

    Excellent post, Christy – one of the banes of my existence is regular visits to various health practitioners – so I hate the thought of adding to that regimen. I usually wait a while before I seek out help… stubborn old… ;)

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    1. Christy B July 2, 2017

      You have a lot in common with a certain older man I saw yesterday ;) I won’t get on your back about it but do want you healthy xx

    2. John Fioravanti July 2, 2017

      Indeed, and I appreciate the prodding and poking from my friends. Hugs!

  14. alyssabowman August 22, 2017

    This was very fascinating information. I have MS and have pain most of the time. It is a frustrating thing but I try to be positive! I just started following your blog as I just started my own about a month ago as well! Take care!!

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    1. Christy B August 22, 2017

      You have a positive outlook and I like that! Thanks for the nice comment and I’ll be over to visit your blog :)

  15. Kelly Nerdzilla Mendenhall August 31, 2017

    I’m glad you touched on the mental health bit. Not enough people talk about what chronic pain can do to exacerbate things like depression/anxiety. Not all doctors listen when you do speak up.

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