How to Cope with Back Injury and Chronic Pain
2 years ago, I woke up one morning to excruciating back pain. I didn’t know it at the time, but that pain would become a constant companion. With treatment and medication, my pain is now manageable, but I spent the better part of that first year in bed. Not only did that slow my physical healing, it was also damaging to my mental health.
We tend not to appreciate what we’ve got until it’s gone. Over time we learn the value of what we have–often too late–whether it’s our youth, our super efficient teenage metabolism, our looks, or our health. While getting older needn’t impinge upon our ability to lead a healthy life, there’s no denying that looking after yourself gets more and more challenging with each decade that passes. A grueling workout at 45 can take more of a toll than the same workout at 24. Yet we tend to weather the slow erosion of our natural gifts as we age with grace. We know that we can mitigate them with healthy living and get fit at any age.
But when we find our body’s gifts and natural abilities taken away from us through accident, injury or the negligence of others, it can take a toll on us physically, emotionally and psychologically. A back injury can leave us with temporary or even permanent mobility issues which can transform our lives. Suddenly the daily activities we used to manage with ease become either a grindingly painful ordeal or flat out impossible. It can lead us to inactivity, self loathing and depression, which can be difficult to get out of. But though you may be in pain, depressed, and a bit adrift, you are far from powerless. Here’s how you take back control of your life and learn to cope with your new normal.
If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault it’s tempting to wonder at the inequity of life. But rather than simply bemoan your fate, become an active agent in your own life once again and seek justice through the legal system. A lawyer can help with making disability insurance claims for a range of types of disability while also ensuring that you get compensation for your injury.
Stay Positive and Never Give up on Yourself
As impossible as it may seen, it’s vital that you remain positive and believe in yourself. Keep telling yourself that you will recover, no matter how hard it may be to believe. The mind has tremendous power over the body. Just look at the Superman actor and all round wonderful human being, Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed after a fall at an equestrian event. Through sheer determination and force of will he shook himself out of his suicidal depression and pursued numerous forms of therapy and even regained some mobility before his death in 2004.Long periods of inactivity can increase your pain and the likelihood of depression after an injury. Do your best to stay as active as possible for both your physical and mental health.Click To Tweet
Try to Stay Active
Inactivity can be great when we’ve earned it. Rest, after all, is a vitally important part of recovery. But long periods of inactivity can exacerbate your pain and sadness. You’ll feel more and more sluggish and make more and more excuses for not achieving your goals. Whatever the extent of your injuries try and stay as active as you can. Get as much sunlight and exercise as possible. See as many people as you can. It will help you to realize that your life can be your own again.
Take care of yourself!
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