Life with Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain poses many challenges. It makes life on the homestead a hardship. Even with the increased press and new medications for chronic pain like Fibromyalgia, many still do not believe it is real. One may even face such denial from family members. A person with chronic pain may look normal and it could be hard to tell just how bad the person is feeling.

After ruling out other diseases such as Lupus and various other things, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia around 12 years ago. I am not sure how accurate the diagnosis is, but I know that I am in pain everyday. I have also had it suggested that I could have MS, but that has not been confirmed. Life with chronic pain is not easy. This is my story.

It has been a tough road. I never feel good. Even my clothes like a heavy coat can feel so heavy and make me feel miserable. Some days the pain is less. I have pain all over my body, get fatigued easily, and have chronic stomach issues. I have a lot of pain if I stand for very long, so I sit every chance I get. I bought a chair/cane that I take everywhere. This is a great help when going places such as the grocery store or the airport. If I worry about waiting in line, I take the chair with me. The chair can be found in the golf section at many sporting good stores. This has been a real godsend. Sitting can be a challenge as well because it seems chairs in most places like churches and such are not that comfortable either.

I really believe the disease has an effect on how others view me. Because most people cannot see how bad I feel, I fear I come across as either shy or anti-social. Neither one is true. I stay home a little more than I would like because of how I feel. However, I do not want this disease to rule my life. I have learned to appreciate little victories concerning this disease.

Exercise has been a major challenge because of feeling so bad, but when I am able to achieve a workout, I consider this a success. I am thankful for the small victory. Sometimes I push myself to go out even when it is much easier to stay home in bed. This too is a small victory. The mental aspect of these small victories makes a major difference in my life. I want to be in control of my chronic pain story.

Now I have chickens to take care of so I have more reasons to push through the pain. It is certainly not a hands off venture raising chickens. I have a small homestead, but it needs care and nothing will happen if I just stay inside in bed all the time. I really have become accustomed to living with this chronic pain. My life can’t stop because of it.

Depression is often listed as something that chronic pain sufferers face, and it makes sense. Feeling bad and not being able to lead a normal life is depressing, but relishing in the small victories can help with that. It also helps to know I am not alone. It is good that chronic pain is getting more press. Families and friends need to try to understand the hardships that come with the chronic pain and associated symptoms. A little understanding can help so much.

I would just like to encourage fellow sufferers to do what you can so it does not take over your life. Some of the best advice from my perspective is good diet and exercise. Even minimal exercise is better than not doing anything. I also use supplements like magnesium, willow bark, and fish oil. Seeking out support groups on the Internet may be beneficial for some as well. I hope all of us out there can find some relief and much understanding. I pray the story of my life with chronic pain provides some encouragement. If nothing else, know you are not alone.

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16 thoughts on “Life with Chronic Pain

  1. madbushfarm

    Been there too I had it for five long painful years. A diet change and a determination to not let it beat me helped to get rid of it. I feel for you and know exactly what you are going through. Chin up.

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  2. tbnranch

    Those chickens will keep you busy! I know how hard it can be to get through the demands of everyday when you feel poorly. I went through two years like that, I finally decided to refuse being in pain and resumed doing the things I like. Of course there are changes to make, but one thing I know for sure is you have to keep busy and get out of the house no matter what.
    I found one of those chair canes at a garage sale for 3 bucks! I carried it everywhere… now it’s in the closet. Be strong, fight, pray, and move forward… every day is a new day friend.

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  3. onehundredtwentythreedays

    I can really empathize. It took 10 years before I learned I had wheat allergy and one of the main genes for Celiac which is also the same gene for RA (which my dad has suffered with for almost 40 years). After the birth of my daughter I became so achy and stiff with pain I could barely life her most mornings, worried I would drop her, and sometimes I could barely walk. My Dr. called it ‘reactive artharitis’. Two things that really helped me were (1) I cut out all dairy (I am already GF) (2) added yoga. I feel *good* most days. I try to stay positive and do not take the good days for granted. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  4. pattyalcala

    You are so right, and you tell your story well. Although my experience is through my son, Alex, I have seen how people are prone to minimize the pain and other physical problems when they cannot see it with their eyes. We do need more attention brought to this subject. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Angie

    About 12 years ago for me, too! As long as I can remember, I have not liked certain parts of my body to be touched, because it hurts. My hipbones, my shins are terrible, and right down on the small of my back. It’s like an electrical charge. The past couple of years have had new pains come to light. My feet get really bad (I also have plantar fasciitis, and restless leg syndrome! Yay me!) and my calves and the back of my thighs will ache so bad. I have found that my hubby using a rolling pin on the calves and thighs really helps. By stretching those muscles, with an even pressure, rather then someone using their hands, it alleviates some of the ache. Yoga has helped a lot, as well. I try to not let it stop me, too, as I love to hike, but sometimes my feet are so bad I just want to cry. I have a lot of stomach problems, as well. Is this linked to the fibromyalgia? My doc never said that. I just assumed it was a separate issue.
    I did not know about Willow Bark and I have some on hand. Perhaps I’ll give it a try.
    Sending prayers to you!
    Blessings in Christ!

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