OOOOhhhh.....the absence of pain!!!! (almost)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I hope I'm not premature in writing this.......but, for the first time in what seems like years, I'm feeling real relief in the pain in my legs! I'm sort of floating ---- and I just had to jot a blog about the absence of pain.
For the past few years, as many of you know, I've been battling chronic, acute pain - pain which has imprisoned me in my home - which has kept me from doing almost everything I love to do. I have a lot of medical 'stuff' going on - all of which is pain producing -all over my body. Where I once loved to walk everywhere (30-35 miles per week!)....now I'm lucky if I can make it two blocks without sitting down.
Anyway.....among my many maladies is bone on bone arthritis in both knees. This makes walking hugely painful. I've had many different treatments, injections etc.... to little avail. (knee replacements are not an option for me at this time.......) My pain mgmt. doctor decided to use something else this time (forgot the name)..... a series of 3 injections in each knee. I'm about to go for the third one later today. (it's not Synvisc.......)
About a week ago ---- I noticed that the 'edge' was definitely off the pain in both my knees. And every day since - I'm seeing a little more progress. Today, I walked 5 blocks, without too much discomfort. I couldn't have done that a couple of weeks ago. I'm so thrilled - but more - I'm hopeful. I have a little mantra I use at times..."the absence of pain, the absence of pain, etc"
Today - It seems to becoming a reality - in my legs, at least.
I've been trying so hard to lose weight - but without moving much - the best I have been able to do is maintain. Now...I'm hopeful to be able to begin a light walking program again - increasing as I go along. Also, I'm starting PT very soon - to try to strengthen muscles and improve my range of motion. It's a daunting task....but I'm feeling so much more up to it!!
Just this reduction in pain ---- has improved my outlook tremendously!!! More evidence of the mind/body connection - if there was ever any doubt!
Hugs to all!!!