I’m sorry to hear that things have been so tough for you. The bravery you have shown in sharing this post is commendable, and it’s fabulous to see the range of very helpful responses that have followed. It can be very difficult to open-up about personal and painful experiences. I really hope that this has been a positive experience for you.
Might I re-iterate the advice contained in many of the responses – a visit to your GP as a matter of urgency would be a good idea, with perhaps a referral or referrals to other allied health professionals to deal with your pain and the distress and sadness this is causing you.
Reducing unnecessary pain and suffering is important. However, chronic health conditions are such that temporary set-backs and symptom flare-ups are inevitable. For this reason, you might benefit from psychological support that helps you to develop a different relationship with your pain: one that leaves you feeling less ‘controlled’ by your pain, and more in charge of it; a relationship that enables you to pursue goals in the areas of your life that are most important to you, while at the same time deal with the uncertainties inherent in managing a chronic and painful condition.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, pronounced ‘act’) is a form of therapy that you might want to think or learn more about. ACT is a modern form of cognitive behaviour therapy that uses a range of techniques, including mindfulness, to help people create a rich and meaningful life. Studies show that ACT can be helpful for a number of problems, including pain and depression.
There is a lot of information in these responses for you to take-in. I hope you find it useful and wish you the best of luck.
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