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Managing chronic pain is hard. Very often you avoid your pain, but cause other pains, irritations or general discomfort. In this post I have a little rant about the things that I find annoying when trying to cope with and manage my pain.
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If you’re new to my blog, I basically have a sitting disability – I am in pain when I sit down. I have what is called coccydynia, but I no longer have a coccyx due to it being removed in 2015. Unfortunately the surgery didn’t work and I am no better off for it.
I also cause more pain (in my neck, head and shoulders) by avoiding my sitting pain, so trying to manage things can be extremely difficult and exhausting.
I can’t live my life standing and walking all day, although I do this a lot, so the best thing for me and my pain management is to lie down. I am still in pain when I do lie down, but I am in the least pain. But lying down causes other annoying things that are hard to cope with. Here are are just a few of them…
It makes me sleepy
I just want to go to sleep when I lie down. It’s the natural position we sleep in, and our bodies tend to relax when we lie down. My eyes want to close, and very often, within minutes, I’m fast asleep.
It doesn’t help that chronic pain naturally makes you more fatigued. Plus add in the mix the amount of standing and movement I do, and I’m pretty much knackered by the time I come to lie down.
I get a pain in my leg
This has only really started happening over recent months. When I lie down, especially on my right hand-side, I seem to get a dull pain inside my leg. My legs feel very restless too. I don’t know if this is because of the amount of lying down I do, or if it’s to do with the position of my spine and it’s having an impact on my muscles down my legs. But it is very annoying as it is another thing to consider as part of my overall pain management.
I often go deaf
When I lie down, I more often than not, have to lie down on my side – lying on my back still causes my pain in my coccyx area. I find that the pressure of lying down on my side causes me to sometimes go deaf, or it often feels like my ears are under water. I’m not an expert on ears by any means, but this is often to do with the build up of ear wax. I very often use earphones which is a contributing factor to ear wax. Places such as Auris Ear Care can help should you have similar ear issues.
I take up far too much space
I always feel guilty when I have to lie down and take up most of the sofa. We’ve recently bought a new corner sofa, so my partner and I have a little more room than before, but I still feel I take up too much space. Or I have to lie a certain way to be able to watch the TV. My partner is just great though, she never moans or complains, and just puts up with me sprawled out.
What do you find annoying about managing your chronic pain?