Monday, October 06, 2014
My Chronic Pain Journey Thus Far
Over these 14 years of living with Chronic Pain, in my best Betty Davis voice, "It's definitely been a long and bumping ride". No surprise, my pain conditions have evolved as I have gotten older. Some symptoms have disappeared, like years of migraine headaches. While new ones have popped up, like the arthritic pain that's been developing in my hands this year.
This year, I've experience 3 visits to ER, with a hospital stay due to erratic blood pressure and increase pain. The conclusion, after several tests, no conclusion. I was sent home and advised to follow up with my primary.
My body is exhausted and more prone for infections, like colds, flu. And with the additional stress my Hidradenitis Suppurativa has been on overdrive. It's a vicious cycle and first thing I need to do is 'calm things down'.
So, what's the plan? No new medications or procedures have been ordered. As my own health advocate, I'm planning on pursuing a holistic wellness, as well as therapy, to deal with the anxiety and stress. Hopefully, that will bring many of symptoms stable.
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