Dealing with Pain

Do you have a strategy for dealing with pain?

I don’t and I suck at it.

I get very impatient and am in denial that anything is wrong. I try to pretend that all is well, even when I can’t move and I get very antsy.

I have a pinched nerve in my neck from sleeping wrong and can’t lift my neck easily. I hate this.

I still tried carrying on as usual, but was so impatient and irritable. I stopped at the drug store after Charlie’s game to pick up some icy hot pads and Tiger balm cream and couldn’t handle the kids asking me for anything. I just wanted them to be quiet and to take care of my own needs and not theirs. This felt so weird to me.

I came home and Juliana helped apply the pad and rubbed my back before I sat on the couch. I wanted to rest and do nothing but couldn’t sit still for long.

I wanted to help Jeff make the dinner I was going to make. I tried to help a little bit but paced back and forth more than doing anything really useful. I was thankful that the kids were helping out and I felt weird not doing much. Dinner was delicious and we all enjoyed just being together despite my stiff neck.

I cancelled my tennis lesson for tomorrow, which made me acknowledge the painful truth that I’m not so great today. Ahhhhh. Bummer. This too shall pass.

For the rest of the night, I’m going to lay on the couch and relax and hope that this tension in my muscles will dissipate and let go.

I am not a very good patient and I don’t sit still very well. What do you do when you’re experiencing pain?


12 thoughts on “Dealing with Pain

  1. I can relate with you. Pain is well…painful and annoying. The only thing that works for me is to try to not to spend all my time fixing it. The more time i spend thinking abt it, the more stressed and cranky I become. In those times, I do something relaxing like drawing or painting. It helps soothe my mind.

    • That’s a great idea – I’m ok and patient with it and am just waiting for the muscle to release. I think it’s going to be on it’s own terms – still locked and making me feel like an old woman. I actually feel better when I’m moving than when I’m resting. So weird. Thanks for the suggestion.

      • Wish I could give you the magic formula. I am using ibuprofen off and on, warm/hot showers and just time. It is still stiff, but no more pain. I also started taking a Pilates class for back and neck pain. So far we’ve on,y been working on the core, but maybe somehow it is helping the neck too…

  2. Shoot!! Feel better soon. That type of pain is no good. It affects everything you do all day. The same thing happened to me about 2 weeks ago. I went to bed just fine and woke up with a stiff and sore neck. It is finally on the road to recovery. Best wishes, K

    • Was there anything you did to help your muscles relax? I tried heat pads, tiger balm, massage, ibuprofen… still no luck. Hoping tomorrow will be better and the muscle will just let go of holding on so tightly.

      • Wish I had the magic formula. The pain is gone, but I still have stiffness and don’t have full range of motion. I am using ibuprofen off and on, warm/hot showers, and I recently started taking a Pilates class for neck & back pain. So far haven’t necessarily done any exercise to target the neck muscles, just focusing on the core, but perhaps it has an indirect benefit. Will I see you on Tuesday night? We can compare notes…

      • Good advice – the hot shower helped. The ibuprofen helps. Need to get back to yoga as I’ve missed it the last couple of weeks. Hope to see you tomorrow night. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Hang in there. The human body is, well human so until they invent speedy cures we humans have to endure the pain of waiting. I’m with you on being frustrated by it slowing me down.

  4. I came down with a cold & headache & all I did for 2 days was lay on the couch-yuck I’m not a good patient!!!’ XO

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Oh man, traveling took it out of you. Hope you’re feeling better today. Laying on the couch isn’t such a bad thing. I’m with you on being a bad patient, though. Don’t like being down and slowed down at all.

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