Dealing with Chronic Pain

Sometimes we are dealt a hand we cannot give back to the dealer.  We learn to either overcome or adapt while our minds are still as young and as fertile as when we were teens.  Part of growing older is learning to accept change. I for one typically do not subscribe well to any type of alterations to my environment.

Growing older has its perks. You are that much closer to retirement, you’ve gained wisdom (we hope) and hopefully your life has been filled with great memories.
I was diagnosed with several forms of arthritis years ago. It feels like your body is not your own and you have to develop various coping skills. There are good days and bad days.  Despite the pain, those of us who suffer daily learn to keep a smile on our faces and push through it.  Exercise is one good way of keeping those joints functional and relatively pain free….and that’s on a good day.
I began visiting a Rheumatologist in my early 30’s. It’s a frustrating feeling when you are dealing with such issues.  But frustration will not get you anywhere but depressed. Being proactive is the only way.  Retreating into a shell or constantly complaining will get you no where fast.
For more information on this subject please visit the following site from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletel and Skin Diseases.

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