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Five Things I Wish I Knew Earlier In My Journey With Chronic Pain
Thursday 15 August 2019
Five things I wish I knew earlier in my journey with chronic pain
I’ve been living with chronic pain for more than a decade.
It began in 2009 with nerve damage after emergency groin surgery. Four years later, I fell and hit my head. That fall led to a constant headache, a whistling sound in my ear, back and hip pain, tingling and numbness in my hands and feet, electrical shocks in my legs, muscle soreness, and random pain and burning sensations throughout my body. Years later, after numerous doctor visits and tests, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, tinnitus, neuropathy, chronic fatigue, and depression.
I had a hard time adjusting to the pain. I let my symptoms control me. My quality of life suffered along with my physical conditioning.
Here are five things I wish I had known earlier in this journey, much of which I learned while attending a three-week outpatient program at the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center in 2012 and again in 2018. Each of these would have made my journey easier and might help others living with chronic pain.
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