Five Ways My Life Has Changed Since Developing Chronic Pain

I shouldn’t be surprised. But I am.

This is what comes up when you search for “pain” on Unsplash so we’re gonna go with it. (Photo by Hailey Kean on Unsplash)

I’m so much more tired

Being in pain is exhausting.

Me most days. (Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash)

It feels like I have a second Job

Having chronic pain easts up a lot of my time. Not just because I can lose hours of my day in bed, trying to get through a pain flare-up. But also from all of the things I have been having to do to diagnose, treat, and manage my condition.

Would you like a migraine with that? (Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash)

My anxiety is worse

When the pain first started, I lived in a constant state of high anxiety. Already an anxious person, I wasn’t prepared for the extent to which my anxiety would spiral out of control, wrapping itself around my entire existence and leaving no room for me to relax.

I feel more isolated

Having chronic pain is both physically and emotionally isolating.

At the end of the day, you are the one that has to live in your body, with your pain. No one else can take on this experience for you.

I’ve been forced to reprioritize

Of all the things the things that have surprised me about having a chronic pain condition, this is the only one that can be seen as a blessing. Because it’s a lot harder for me to do all of the things that I want to do, I’ve had to reevaluate what is important in my life and what is worthy of my limited time and energy.

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