Pain Journey Updates in 2023
It’s Pain Awareness Month. Here’s an update on my pain journey.
Recently, I’ve reflected on my first encounter with pain. It began during early childhood. I recall I could not lie or sleep on the floor without my lower back hurting unless I bent my knees. I never addressed it with a doctor. I didn’t see it as a program when I was a kid. Who knew that it would turn into a major problem years later in life? I sure didn’t.
Well, I can’t change the past. I can only focus on the now and prepare for a brighter future with better pain management and strive toward alleviating the pain permanently. “When we know better, we do better.” ~Dr. Maya Angelou. I love that quote.
It’s been a rollercoaster of highs and lows since this constant pain journey began five years ago. I still struggle with good and bad days of pain. I take it day by day, step by step. I’m still on a mission to continue standing tall and not let chronic pain defeat me.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is a complex and debilitating condition. The pain is persistent and lasts for months or years. It differs from acute pain, which lasts a shorter period of time and heals within that time period.
I believe there are different interpretations of what chronic pain is to each individual. There are many variations of chronic pain, including injuries, nerve damage, diseases, joint pain, energy, mental/emotional, and even unknown causes. Everyone’s situation is unique. Our commonality is that we experience pain in our bodies.
Foodnista Soul’s Focus
The focus of my blog is to educate and support women living with chronic pain. In the next couple of weeks, I will introduce a new segment to the website called “Healing Foods for Chronic Pain.” These future articles will provide education on specific foods that have been researched to help manage chronic pain in individuals.
As a Reminder…
The intent of this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with a medical provider about questions relating to your health or medical conditions.
Walking Down Memory Lane
I’ve included my two-part article on my pain story and journey from 2022:
Johns Hopkins Medicine (2023). Chronic pain. Retrieved: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/chronic-pain