How long have you been living with chronic pain? Medically, pain is considered chronic when it has continued for six months or more. For me, I lived with mild chronic pain in my 20s, moderate chronic pain in my 30s, and serious chronic pain in my early 40s. I lived with it for so long that I had no idea this wasn’t how everyone felt!
I tell you this not to make you feel sorry for me, but to acknowledge that I KNOW how you may be feeling with pain. I think it’s important to feel personal connections, because living with pain can make us feel so isolated.
We each have our own story, and everyone also has a series of costs connected to that pain story. I started thinking about all this because I’ve recently been talking with a few clients about the price involved in living with chronic pain. What are the costs you can think of right away? Here are some that I came up with:
- Time and money to see physicians and specialists (often more than one)
- Time and money for managing medications (even with a pharmacy that delivers!)
- Time and money for managing non-invasive or invasive treatment plans like cortisone shots and surgery
- Hours of sleep lost (plus new mattresses bought just in case it was their fault and not the pain itself!)
- Productivity at work lost (and the emotional price of worrying about job security)
- Income lost due to short-term or long-term disability
- Paid time off used (IF you have that job benefit)
- Time with family lost or not enjoyed as you’d like
- Time with friends lost or not enjoyed as you’d like
- Costs of non-medical help like housekeeping, lawn mowing, etc.
- Costs of integrative help like acupuncture, massage, counseling, etc.
What would you add to this list? (please comment below and let me know …)
At the height of my chronic pain (now a few years ago), I felt like managing my situation was an entire full-time job in itself. Plus, as an entrepreneur I didn’t have paid sick time or vacation time to help defray the costs of these hours. And I there’s also a long-term cost because I am now considered uninsurable for private health insurance.
Wouldn’t you agree that these are pretty strong motivators to find solutions and make changes? Well, that’s exactly how I felt and why I started looking at HOLISTIC PAIN RELIEF SOLUTIONS for my own situation.
Having always loved the field of nutrition and wellness, I became a certified holistic health coach to find solutions for myself. And that process has grown into an opportunity to find solutions for lots of people.
Rather than getting overwhelmed and frustrated, I would encourage you to reach out and learn more about my Unlock the Puzzle of PainTM process.
It focuses on FIVE IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:
- High Quality Food / Nutrition
- Gluten Elimination
- Essentials (Sleep, for example)
- Detox & Movement
- Outside Care
If you’re like me, you’ve tried ON YOUR OWN to incorporate all of these elements in your life. And if you’re also like me, the results are kind of spotty. Having a Holistic Pain Relief Coach gives you support AND lots of great information and guidance!
Let’s get acquainted with a Fresh Start Phone Call, and see if I can help you unlock the puzzle of pain and get confident in your body!
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