Reblog – Identity Crisis: You vs Your Chronic Pain

I have often struggled with my chronic pain for control of my life. This post has some really great tips on how to not let your pain define you.

Lydia!

 

Treasures On The Sand

“Don’t let your struggle become your identity.” -Unknown

In our daily battles with chronic pain, it can be very easy to lose ourselves in the fight, allowing our pain to define who we are. We toss and turn, struggling for control. In the end, it is just easier to give up.

It is like two boxers fighting it out to be top dog (your identity). In one corner you have the older, wearier fighter (You) who is on the verge of collapse. On the opposite side is a younger, fresh up-start (Your Chronic Pain) who can go toe to toe with you and still have the energy to keep up the fight. The two of them have been battling it out in the ring (Your Body) for almost as long as they can remember and it seems like this fight will never end. Round after round, the older boxer goes…

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Reblog – Was Depression to Blame for My Chronic Pain?

Having dealt with both depression and chronic pain, I relate to all that Cynthia has shared here. I have had medical doctors blame my mental conditions more than once.

Lydia!

The Disabled Diva's Blog

Was Depression to Blame

for My Chronic Pain?

By: Cynthia

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Is depression painful? Yes!  Can depression cause physical pain?  Yes!  Was depression the source of my chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, endometriosis, and coccydynia?  NO!!

Many of us who suffer from one or more painful chronic illnesses battle depression at least once during our chronic lives.  However, I am curious how many were depressed prior to chronic pain becoming apart of their daily lives.  I wasn’t.  I did battle depression three years prior to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis.  At that time I was struggling to conceive my youngest child and it was no longer an issue once I became pregnant.  While going through that period of my life I had been diagnosed with psoriasis, but my doctor and I both dismissed my increased inflammation and joint pain on my depressive state.  Had either of us taken my symptoms seriously I do believe I…

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