6 Lies People With Chronic Pain Tell And 7 Truths They Need You To Know

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Pain, sculpture by Antoni Madeyski, photo courtesy Vert, Creative Commons

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

This summer Keeper Hubby and I did something we have done at least ten times during our marriage. We prepared for another surgery for him. He’s been diagnosed with a condition called degenerative disc disease. No one knows why he has developed this condition at such a young age: it first showed up when he was about 32. Continue reading

When It’s Time To Listen

It started as a popping in my right wrist. I didn’t think much of it, because I’d been writing a lot, using the computer a lot. I just needed to take more breaks, and the pain would go away. Took some pain reliever, used a wrist brace, rubbed it with Bio-Freeze, and did some stretches. I got some relief and thought that was the end of it.

Then my left wrist started popping.

I had the same thing happen with the left. I chalked it up to an overabundance of computer use, and maybe age. I treated it the same way, and it started to resolve. I was glad because I needed to work on blog posts, my volunteer work with my local writers’ group, my WIP, emails, and keeping up with social media, besides the regular activities of life. So I got back to work.

Then the right wrist pain roared back with a vengeance.

Wrist, forearm, elbow, shoulder, and even fingers have been aching, throbbing, with feelings of burning and tingling thrown in for good measure.

Besides the obvious discomfort from the pain, I’m concerned I could be dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or even some fibromyalgia symptoms that up until now have been fairly low level. I’ll be checking in with my doctor and chiropractor for diagnosis and treatment suggestions.

Are you like me, you normally push through pain, too busy taking care of others that you put yourself last on the list?

It’s taken me several years and several physical battles to learn to listen to my body. Pain, in whatever form, is not normal for your body. It’s a way for your body to warn you that something is not right and needs attention. I’m going to listen right away this time. My ability to be productive as a writer may depend on it.

I’ll be taking about 3 weeks off from this blog for a ‘summer break’ to rest my hand/wrist/elbow/shoulder, have some medical evaluations, and possibly go back to my physical therapist to do some intensive rehab-type exercises. I may reblog a blog post here and there, but otherwise it will be quiet around here for a few weeks. Don’t worry, enjoy your summer, and I’ll be back.

If you suffer with carpal tunnel, repetitive motion muscle soreness, or just want some preventative TLC, try these wonderful exercises from my yoga lady, Esther Ekhart. She is the best.

The programs are only around three minutes long, not too long to help you take care of your assets. If you’re a writer, you need to keep your tools in shape. You need your spirit, soul, and your body to be at their best so you can create your best work. Keep your hands, wrists, shoulders, back and neck healthy.

Do you have any home remedies for carpal tunnel or back and neck issues that writers regularly deal with?