The two people who are great with advise have given their's already, but I'll tell you how I deal with mine. I feel like I just kind of don't! I use medication, rest when I need to, work with whatever I can, when I can. Sometimes I'm in bed for days on end and sometimes I am up and going where I have to go such as dr. appts. I can not drive right now which is so depressing to me, but my husband is good to drive me any place I have to go. I miss going and just shopping by myself, but there are worse things. And most importantly, I guess for me I have accepted the fact that I don't have a choice. I am going to have a day with at least a level 7 pain and more often than not it will be higher than that. I've begun to quit feeling sorry for myself, but I still do and I cry when I do. The most important thing is to talk to others who know what chronic pain feels like. I've said this before, but I'll say it again. If you have a support system in place and they just can not understand what chronic pain feels like, I say get a clothes pin, put it on the forefinger of the persons finger then tell them to leave it on 15 minutes longer than they think they can stand! They never last the 15 minutes longer and it gives them an idea of how nagging the consistent pain can be. It's just a thought. My husband did it just to get an idea and he was so irritable afterwards that I called it to his attention! He "got" it. Take care of yourself. Don't push any harder than you feel you can or you will pay for it tomorrow!
Good luck and let us hear back from you,
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DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.