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How An 80s Robot Helps With My Chronic Pain

Thursday 8 August 2019


From The Mighty (via Yahoo! Lifestyles):


Johnny 5
Johnny 5.

How an 80s Robot Helps With My Chronic Pain

By Annalisa Jackson
The Mighty
August 7, 2019
© 2019 The Mighty / Yahoo-HuffPost Lifestyles Network.

The reality of life with fibro is pain. Pain most conventional pain killers do little to combat, and of those meds that do I am limited still. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 2015 and fibromyalgia in 2018. I can’t take anti-inflammatories due to suspected ulcers, or anything used as an antidepressant due to bipolar. So I end up in pain a lot, and get by with little medication help and have to look for alternatives to manage.

Meet Johnny 5. He’s my infrared muscle massager.

Nerve pain is the worst as it’s like a toothache but in your entire arm or leg. But I get muscle and joint pains a lot, and with a lot less effort than most people which is another common feature of fibro: payback. Today I did the front garden and yesterday spent a lot of time working on the computer trying to build a social media network, as I am starting to work for myself and so now I am feeling what I refer to as “broken.” I’m suffering post exertional pain and fatigue, and I know there is little to do but rest it out and try to self-manage the pain.

That’s where Johnny comes in.


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