Writing with chronic pain
Writing isn’t easy as it is, but when you have chronic pain it can be its own special kind of hell. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013/14. It initially started as arthritis like feeling in my hands, feet, knees and back. After seeing a bunch of different specialist and ruling out all the other possibilities they decided it was Fibromyalgia. That is a really horrible diagnosis by the way, to have someone say you have a disease with no known cause and no known cure, just pain management. Lovely. Oh and all the drawing you do and writing will hurt like hell.
Pain Management is your option. This is pretty much your only option as you struggle with swollen painful hands and a back that screams at you whenever you sit too long in one position, or stand to long for that matter. The really great part is that standard pain meds don’t work. That’s right, aspirin, acetaminophen, naproxen all don’t work. Fibromyalgia is a disease of the nerves. For whatever reason your nerves decide to transmit pain to your brain, normal pain meds can’t address that. Exercise helps take the edge off of the pain, but if you overdo it, you will definitely regret it. You will have debilitating pain and of course, once again, normal pain medicine won’t help.
How do you do it?
How do you write during all this pain? You do the best you can. I have tried to learn what triggers my pain. Stress, overdoing exercise are some, but sometimes the pain just flares up for no reason. I take frequent breaks and try not to be in the same position for too long. I have found that typing is easier on me than writing, so I type. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and respond. Pain can make an already tough task of writing harder, but not impossible! Never give up!