Being Able To Enjoy Life While In Pain

@KrauseHome (34994)
United States
March 29, 2011 5:22pm CST
I am sure there are many here who can relate with this one, and endure some form of Chronic pain to where some days you almost have to drag yourself out of bed. You might even have a Good job, married with a couple of kids, and not have a financial care in the world, but still suffer from Chronic pain of some sort due to a prior injury, arthritis, Fibromyalga or other health issue. Personally I think unless you are one to suffer from some sort of pain all the time you will never relate with those who do. For me I have to watch that with all the pain I have that I do not let it control my life to where I loose control and motivation of my Dreams and my wants and my goals. Right now I know I work for someone else, but I also have my Business license and trying to build my offline Business from home, as well as planning and doing some Shows and events this summer. Keeping this the main focus and enjoy watching as the extra $$ and the checks come in each month helps to keep me motivated more for sure. But there are the days like today I would Love to hang up the towel and say enough is enough. This is not Fair. And then I remember God is in control. He sees all, hears all and knows all so it is just time for me to remember to Pray a little harder and know one day soon this will be truly worth it all. So how do you cope when in major pain? Do you have things you do to keep you focused and motivated to where you know this too shall pass? ~~TINA~~
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Mar 11
I don't know, I just cope. I think of people who are worse off, i do things that I love to do,whatever it takes.
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@KrauseHome (34994)
• United States
30 Mar 11
Well, that is one thing I am sure that is true, is that there are people out there who hurt worse than I do, and I would not want to trade places with, but I know that I am the one who needs to keep proactive hoping for something better to come along, and Pray and trust God when it does not.
@GardenGerty (96708)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Mar 11
I am fortunate to now be diagnosed with any long term illness. I also do not have chronic pain. I have aches and pains from time to time, but I know how to fix that, it is not an illness. I do know that having something else to do and to think about helps. Being able to go to church, to sing and to worship always lifts my spirits as well. I think as long as I keep moving things will keep improving.
@KrauseHome (34994)
• United States
30 Mar 11
Yes, being able to go to Church and to be able to do other things are definately a plus when you hurt. There are days I know that I feel better than others, and can do more and that is OK. The days like last night for example where I really hurt, feel weak, etc. can often be the most challenging, but allow me more time to talk to God trusting him more as well.
@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
29 Mar 11
Tina, I cry quietly. I allow the tears to roll down. But I do it when my daughters are already in school. I talk to God and tell Him to please alleviate my pain. I tell Him to remove all the bad cells that are ruining my body. I tell Him to allow me to function the way He created me to be. That way, I could best serve Him. And most of the times I uttered those words, He granted healing.
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@KrauseHome (34994)
• United States
30 Mar 11
There are many times saying a Prayer does bring healing and Peace for that situation, and for that day. I just also have issues going on in my life with no real explained answers, to where I have pain every day, but God is truly in control and all I can do is keep strong, Trust god and know one day maybe there will be more that someone here can do.
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• China
1 Apr 11
I admire your indomitable spirit.You have suffered from lingering disease but You refuse to give in to destiny and still constantly strive to become stronger.I cann't figure out if there is a God why he is so unfair.
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
30 Mar 11
i also have fibromyalgia as well. i also have 2 kids, a part time job and a house to look after (hubby can look after himself! lol) i am like you, in some pain but my biggest complaint is that i am so tired all the time and i get tired really easily. fortunately, i only work for 4 hours every other day. i would quit but we really need the money.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
30 Mar 11
anyways, i was going to say that humour is high on my priority list. i think laughter sometimes IS the best medicine!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
31 Mar 11
I'm sorry you were having a bad day. Pain is by no means an easy thing to deal with and can greatly effect the quality of life. I don't suffer near the pain that some people have to and I try to remember that when something has bothered me a few days. I think it does help to stay busy but I also think there are just days when taking it easy is the best thing. Take care.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I can understand this pain and have known a few people that have endured this type of problem. Its hard to handle sometimes and even more at others. I do live a very active lifestyle, but if I dont have the proper equipment then I will feel more pain. My back will hurt much worse when I dont have good shoes and keep them on during the day. I have had chronic back pain for several years now. There are good days and bad ones. Some days by the time evening comes I can barely walk or bend over.
@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
30 Mar 11
Tina your such a special lady. God has good things in store for you. Many many blessings, you deserve all of them too. I have had long term pain before, Thank God I have been doing good. Just aches and pains that some tylenol will take care of, knock wood. I do know the pain can come back anytime, I have fear of that. I just pray and thank the dear Lord. My hubby had chronic pain for many many years, so I know what that is like. You just have to keep on going on, you can't give up. My mom has lots of pain too, treat what you can and deal with the rest. Attitude is everything. God Bless you Tina...
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I have arthritis.....some days are better then others....and somedays the pain just about takes your breath away....I find if I try to keep my mind off the pain it lessens.....I try to sidetrack my brain! I do lose my motivation too and want to feel sorry for myself...then I think...well someone is worse off then me...so what am I crying about! I go and find something to work on in my craft room and the pain lessens....taking my mind off really helps.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
30 Mar 11
When the pain gets too severe for me I just do have to "hang up the towel" and go to bed. Seems like repositioning is the only thing that will even come close to giving me a small modicum of relief. This is after I've tried to read or work on the computer. Working around the house is totally out as that will just aggravate the pain. So I go to bed and stay a while whether I sleep or not.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 Mar 11
A hot shower for about 1/2 an hour. That usually gets rid of my arthritis and back pain. Some days, I have to do that three times a day. Makes for some really itchy, dry skin. Sometimes Tiger Balm or a topical at night with tylenol PM so I can sleep. Sleeping in a sleeping bag helps a lot, too. IF I get enough sleep and get a hot shower, my day starts off way better. Without those, I'm dragging myself out of bed, too. The sleeping bag idea came from a Grandma who had a livingroom campout with her Grandkids. She slepton the couch with a sleeping bag and they slept on the floor. She was warm and out of pain at night for the first time in years. She wrote to Arthritis Magazine to recommend it to everyone. It's wonderful. When I still have nerve pain, I drag myself to the Chiropactor and/or use Homeopathic Hypernicom pellets. Great for your nerves. Wonderful for when I have a knee firing off. Usually I have to try on all my pants, dresses, skirts before I buy them or else I buy ones that really set my knees off. Stiff fabric that is tight in the knee area sets them off. Loose and soft fabric is a big help. Fleese is the greatest invention. I hate getting out of my fleese. I have more and more of my clothes and blankets turning into fleese. It's so warm and soft. Fleese feels like a warm hug. The increased sunlight and heat in the spring makes me feel like this too shall pass and summer will be here. I find if I have a project like a craft project, esp. one for a present, I can stay focused on that and go without minding the pain longer. Also planning parties. That helps me, too.
@piya84 (2591)
• India
30 Mar 11
hello I am still young but been there for sometime when i was really ill and in pain for somedays and all i can say is i know how painful it can be.People around are just clueless they ignore it or they just dont know what to say.They sometime get even annoy.My daddy used to give me this what crying baby expression once a while i was in pain.
• Philippines
30 Mar 11
I do it Mental I would do mind over body relaxation, although it hurts for a while but I know it's just a temporary. I follw a green regiment I ate organic foods with no added preservatives and eat a lot of veggies and fruits I'm talking abut my arthritis. I do walking excercises and strolling in the mall for an hour and have a warm sponge bath, then watch my favorite TV series. and sleep early to compensate.
• United States
30 Mar 11
The only thing I suffer the most from is my headaches and migraines. Although I have them continually I find that I at times find the strength to work with them. I do feel people with long term illness must have it really tough. I do pray that most can find alleviations because I can't imagine having more then I do and how much it hurts. I do try to force myself a bit more then I should while experiencing my headaches but somehow I find that if I was to lay around and do nothing the pain is greater that way.
@margeryann (1853)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I usually go on the internet to try to ignore the pain. People don't understand some pain situations.A lot of pain situations they say excersize everyday and your pain will go away but it hurts so bad but you would like to try to do it to see if it will make your pain go away over time but with some pain situations like mine your energy level is drained too to where its hard to get the energy to excersize everyday too.
@carolscash (9501)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I agree that no one understands. Last year when my arm was hurting so bad and I know that my family heard about it each day, but they did not understand how much pain I was truly in. I cope by praying and by sometimes crying silently. There are days that I would like to give up, but as you said God is in control and I have always heard that He will never put us in something that He can't take us through.
@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I do suffer pain daily, or nearly so... in fact, I got to the point where I was very sick in 2008 because I didn't really realize that the pain I was in was something besides my NORMAL pain! I spent 4 days in the hospital, the first 3 prior to surgery and then about 18 hours before they released me. I swear, if I do have a tombstone, I want it to say "See, I really was sick!"
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Mar 11
Wow, Tina, you're such an inspiration, you really are. I don't have the health problems you have to endure but the way you cope with them is admirable and the next time I moan I shall think of you and how you manage to get through each day in (sometimes) chronic pain. You're such a lovely lady.