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.