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My Life With Chronic Pain

I think that chronic pain is a bit of a mystery for some people.

“OK so you have pain…so what? Can’t you just pop an Aleve and get on with your life?”

I wish.

My chronic pain causes me to have extreme pain in my hips, legs, knees and back.
The back pain causes me to have pain up to my arms, so some days I can barely hold my arms up over my head to French braid my hair without it feeling like my arms are on fire and are about to just fall off of my body altogether.
It’s a shame I like French braids…I definitely savor the days I can get my hair braided the way I like!

My leg and hip pain makes walking difficult sometimes.
My hips like to pop out of socket too, which is quite painful.
Sometimes if I squat on the ground my hips lock up and I cant get up without someone helping me. Shoutout to my coworker for picking me up off the ground and putting me back on my feet.
How professional.

Sleeping without waking up?
Forget about it.
I usually wake up at least once or twice a night in pain and have to readjust myself in my supportive piles of pillows and blankets.
Sometimes this happens between 6 to 8 times in a night.
That’s a lot of time spent not sleeping…sorry to the people I’ve snapped at cause I’m tired.

The way my hips and legs are aligned makes me walk funny. A lot of people like to point out that I walk with a distinguished limp and toe in.
I say its cute and quirky. 

Some days are super easy to get through.
Some days I need my knee brace, my hip brace, and a lot of rest time between periods of physical activity.
I try not to let it affect me too much and go on with my life.
I love doing simple easy flow yoga workouts to stretch out my hips. I always feel better after doing some yoga as long as I don’t try to do positions that are too difficult for me.
It’s not an impossible life hurdle to deal with. You just need to have a game plan and to know when things aren’t going to work out the way you planned them for the day and be able to switch over to a different plan.
So I bask in the good days, prepare for the not so good days, and try to stay as positive as I can.  It’s the least I can do.

Until Next Time
Peace, Love, and Glitter
❤ XOXO ❤

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