There’s a lot of waiting that goes along with chronic pain. Waiting for a diagnosis, waiting for pain to disappear, waiting for medications to work, waiting to feel better, etc. But right now I am waiting for a doctor’s appointment. I have a week and a half to go before I see the hand surgeon about my ongoing wrist pain. There may be tendinitis or excessive scar tissue that developed from my carpal tunnel surgery I had years ago and is now causing pain and swelling. The pain covers my wrist, the top of my hand, and can extend all the way up to my elbow. The simplest movements cause pain and it hurts even when I’m not moving it.
So what am I going to do until I see the doctor? How will I not let the pain beat me? For starters, I will keep praying for healing. I’ve added that to my list of things I pray for daily. I am going to try and take it easy and not use it as much. I have a splint I can wear but I feel it doesn’t really help. But it can’t hurt, so I keep trying it. I will not go crazy when it comes to drawing or painting but I don’t want to stop doing that completely as it’s taken me so long to get back into it. There’s only so much ibuprofen that can be taken. I have discovered pain relieving patches so I’m using those now.
I have had to wait for specialist appointments in the past, sometimes for months. So I should be glad I can get in this quickly. It’s still so frustrating being in pain and waiting for answers…and then relief. And it’s even more frustrating when you still have pain in all the other usual places. I will do everything I can but I will not let it beat me. This is just another bump in the road on my journey. SupEARior Susan can handle it.