Great blog Peter!!
I absolutely agree how important it is to be "living" with chronic pain. I decided a few years ago that I was not going to let it win!
That I have pain regardless of what I do. And as you did, I started with my Dr. first and asked them, "What should I completely avoid that could actually cause me harm. Not more pain, but physical harm by making my condition worse"...
And pretty much they said, "No rollercoasters!"....LOL...Which seems like no biggie but I loved them...wahhhh...:( But once I got over that...I realized that pretty much everything else I can do.
Altogether I have had my 3 neck fusions...knee surgeries, brain tumor, abdominal surgeries, foot surgery, and diagnosed with Fibro back in '95.
But I still love to hike, bike, rock climb, ride on a motorcycle (as a passenger), walk my doggie, go to water parks, etc.
I just plan a few days of down time if it's a particularly active day/days previously.
The endorphins, the joy, the laughter, the experience that provides memories, time with family and friends, or on my own is absolutely worth the "extra" pain it may cause.
Because I know it's not "injuring" me further....then I can deal with pain.
The joy/fun always outweighs the pain.
And just to add...I started eating all Organic about a year ago and because most grocery stores..including Walmart, have their own Organic/Natural foods...with coupons, I end up paying the same as I did for regular food.
But this has helped my energy level tremendously along with digestion and overall well being....this provides even more "umph" to get out and enjoy life.
So...those of us who have chronic pain are going to have this no matter what...so I choose going out and still living the best life we can in the process!
Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 6/21/2012 7:39:46 AM (GMT-6)