Mental Health, Unveiling Invisible Illnesses

Waking Up in Pain

Mornings are hard. When you think of Sundays, you think of sleeping in and waking up to the sun finding it’s way to to you. You think of sitting up, a nice stretch and a moment to admire the open window sharing hints of a beautiful day.

The reality is that you wake up from pain. And you have woken up several times already but you hurt too much to go back to sleep and the sun is up now, so you may as well get out of bed. Lying in bed hurts. It isn’t this relaxing thing where you can leisurely sprawl out in bed and feel like you are on a cloud, melting into your mattress. No, you have to move because one position makes your tailbone go numb and another hurts your collarbone and lying on your stomach makes your back feel broken.

So, now you get up and everything pops back into place. Almost everything. Your left hand and lips are tingling and numb but it only last a few minutes. You walk to the bathroom, holding on to everything you pass for stability so that you don’t fall. Even when you sit down, reaching to wipe is excruciating and demoralizing. It breaks you just glimpsing into the future, wondering if are going to need help wiping your own ass one day. Then, as much as you want to crawl back into bed and melt into your significant other, you quietly walk out of the room so you can find something to do and walk off the pain of sleeping.

Your head is killing you and you are nauseous as if you are hungover. As you walk to the kitchen, everything fades away and you can’t see. Your body starts to feel fuzzy and go numb, just like before you pass out. You don’t typically fully pass out so you know you can just keep walking through it as long as you hold on the way there. You are a pro and have smiled and held conversations while on the brink of passing out but you know it passes and this is your norm.

When pain levels are high, your morale is low. Your dreams and ambition slide over to the back burner. Sometimes they even get put away into Tupperware to decay in the back, hidden behind the fruit. Sometimes the sunshine creeping in through the window looks so far away. But you just get through this. You hold on to the idea of your next good day, whenever that may be. You find hope in new remedies and whatever ways you can try to have control over your health. You find hope in the people who support you and your loved ones.

*On the pain scale of 1-10, I have never been under a five. My one is a five. I am not wanting sympathy but what I am wanting is to be honest about how I feel instead of hiding with an autopilot response of “I’m fine.” I want to raise awareness for people like me so they don’t feel alone, and for people without chronic pain so that they can understand their loved one or friend. We live in a world of sucking it up and smiling through the pain. We are suppressed and depressed with a bottled soul. It isn’t right. Be real and let others be real so they they aren’t lost and alone.

5 thoughts on “Waking Up in Pain”

  1. Describes my every day. It is sad that we who have such complicated issues with Incurable Diseases and the pain that stems from them, qnd now know We will never get the relief We so desperately need in this climate where Lawmakers are taking away the very medications that are needed.

    My life is forever changed, and is barely worth living. This is driving so many to suicidal thoughts, and far too many have already done this.

    I believe their is no going back and that terrifies me to the core of my being. As for me, I have many decisions to make.

    1. I agree with everything you said. I’m at the same point. I’m not enjoying even a little of life, and I’m only a little less than 1/2 my meds taken away. I will see you in heaven unless by a miracle they start treating us chronic pain patients properly.

  2. Wow, I’ve never read something and literally knew what the next sentence would say because it’s the life I live every day. Thank you for writing this!

  3. I am so sorry for all your pain. I wish I could help. Sending prayers to all of you.

  4. You have described my life perfectly. Thank you for validating it! I am so sorry so many of us struggle with these kinds of horrible health issues.

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