Tag Archives: chronic pain

I was doing just fine without my old companion.

I woke up this morning to the all too familiar feeling in my face.  My left eye feels like it is being stabbed with an ice pick and the  searing pain from my eye to my ear to my jaw is back.

My trigeminal neuralgia used to be with me at all times.  It was so bad that I had to take a pain pill just to be able to get out of bed and function.  Sometimes I would make it through the day without one but never could I go to bed without taking one unless I didn’t mind not sleeping.  I wrote a post about this in October 2012.

So what brought on the neuralgia?  I have no idea.  My sinus infection is over unless the horrible air quality we are experiencing (unhealthy for sensitive) triggered something.  I was outside a little yesterday when I met my daughter to give her something she had left here before she headed out-of-town.  Whatever the cause, the neuralgia is here.  My solution:  Taking plenty of magnesium and vitamin C to ease the inflammation.  As I am typing this, it is nearly noon and I am still in my jammies and slippers.  I think that is going to be the way I spend the day.  Here at my desk I am working on paperwork that needs to be finished for the end of the year and sipping plenty of hot tea.

I hope you all are having a relaxing and/or productive day.

Open Letter Regarding Chronic Pain

Not too long ago I posted a letter from a doctor.  The letter was an open letter to patients with chronic disease from the perspective of a doctor.  There have been many posts and discussions on my blog and on the blogs of others who suffer from chronic and often “invisible” illnesses.

Recently I came upon this Open Letter From A Person With Chronic Pain featured on spine-health.  The letter could be adapted easily to any of a number of chronic illnesses.  The content of this open letter is something I am sure many of us have said to ourselves, openly to someone else, in a poem reflecting our pain or loss, or in a blog post.  I am passing it along to be included with the other letters and thoughts that many of us have shared as a result of becoming chronically ill.