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Pain Management

“If you injure your toe, the nerve endings in your foot fire off electrical impulses to your brain: Something bad happened down here. Your brain works with specialized nerve cells in your cord to figure out a response. Was that a burn? Better get that leg out of the fire pit. Did we just break our ankle? Let’s turn the pain dial up and make it ache for a couple weeks so we’ll stay off it. Once the injury heals, the brain turns the dial down and stops sending these amplified pain messages to your body. The hurt, blissfully, dissipates. But with chronic pain, the neural circuits stay amplified—your brain has actually rewired itself—keeping the pain dialed up to 11, even if the damage has been repaired.”

Great article on pain management – click here to read. This makes so much sense to me having taken control of my pain management and gone through a multidisciplinary approach. What is in this article is what gave me the strength to get up everyday, to go out to work, and follow my dreams. It’s also why I have been described by many in the medical profession involved in my care as a successful pain patient, along with being able to reduce meds and finally get my brain back from the medication induced brain fog. All I would say to anyone in pain reading this is to go into any pain management programme with an open mind, follow what is being taught, practice, practice and more practice, and you too can start living again. It’s not easy, there’ll be tears and tantrums, bad days and good, however you’ll wake one morning, read an article just like this, and think to yourself wow this actually works!

I’m not pain free, probably never will be, but I have accepted it into my life, and have learned to live with it and when you can get to that point that’s when life gets better for chronic pain patients. For the most I control the pain it doesn’t control me, yes it makes life extremely difficult but humans were made to overcome adversity and adapt to ever changing situations. It’s learning to adapt that gives you your life back albeit a different one to that you once knew.

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The sad story of a young sufferer of CRPS

I came across this news story today on my Facebook.  I watched the video and read the news article (click this link) and I am not ashamed to say I cried all the way through.   Continue reading

Missing from blogging – a quick update

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I wrote this a couple of weeks ago and never got round to publishing it.  I wasn’t quite ready to hit the blogging world with a blog entry at the time, however I thought it important to write a blog post for potential publishing at a later date.  I am glad to say that today is the day that I feel like publishing this particular blog.  Please bear in mind that this was written a couple of weeks ago and I have moved on a little since writing this, an update will be at the end. Continue reading

My multitude of panics!

I could not resist using this picture of Jack Sparrow at the top of the mast.  Those who have been following my blog will know that this is the place on a tall ship that I would love to get to!

I could not resist using this picture of Jack Sparrow at the top of the mast. Those who have been following my blog will know that this is the one place on a tall ship that I would love to get to!

I went into full blown panic mode the other night about my upcoming tall ship adventure.  I imagine it is only natural, with all the excitement and adrenaline, to suddenly hit rock bottom real hard and start doubting myself and the trip. Continue reading

Be Brief – The Letter

The writing 101 prompt for this assignment was you stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

I found this letter I wanted to return.

However, so that everyone can learn

I thought this letter needed a share.

It’s about CRPS, a disorder that is rare.

To raise awareness is now my plight

After living with this illness day and night.

Take a moment to click this link

It will be informative I think

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Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom (and the Circle of Life)

I was watching a programme on BBC this evening feeling very sorry for myself as all the office germs have finally caught up with me.  Actually that’s a bit of a lie, I wasn’t feeling very sorry for myself, maybe just a little bit.  I am just very uncomfortable, full of a head cold and the general aches and pains you get with such germs – all this on top of my “normal” medical issues, which when added together means that I eventually “fall over” when others with a heavy cold would be able to carry on.    Continue reading

Reflection

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With another year nearly over what will be the highs and lows that you will reflect on as we move steadily towards New Years Eve and the beginning of 2015. Continue reading