I wanted to share my story in hopes it would encourage those of you who are where I used to be. I have been coming to IPCA for close to 3 years now. When I first started coming I had no life. Pain ruled my every moment. I felt the most I could hope for is to possibly get drugged enough to make it tolerable. The sheer amount of options of things that could (and did) change my life is astonishing.
I have done physical therapy, multiple procedures, somatic experiencing, diet and exercise, and pain meds. While it may seem overwhelming the key thing is to stay focused on the next right thing to do. Talking with someone, especially when the going gets tough is a huge help. Having a support system of even one person counts. With much thanks to the WHOLE staff of IPCA, I now have the tools to ensure that pain is no longer my master. I have gotten married this year, I am able to work well enough that although I still do not work full time, I make more money and I am being offered promotions. And simple things that were impossible in the beginning are very doable again! (i.e., brush my hair, cook dinner, do grocery shopping, etc) I am eating healthier now which helps the pain and my general health. Quitting smoking is only days away when it was not possible to even consider before.
I am able to exercise daily now when walking would get difficult in the beginning. I take less than 3 pain pills daily and I am still getting it down. I truly expect I will be able to get it down to taking them only on bad days in the not to distant future. I can catch the escalating days much sooner and take steps to prevent the pain from even approaching a 10 by doing some exercises, talking to someone, working through what’s causing it, or even simply just taking a time out. It boggles my mind with how happy life is now compared to when this started. The physical damage is still there in my back and may always be, but I am no longer a chronic pain patient. It is a goal you can achieve to as long as you don’t give in or give up.