Let’s talk about pain baby! Let’s talk about you and me! Oh, I can almost hear a tune to that and then… OUCH! Reality sets in and I am reminded I live with pain. Not your normal, if there is a such a thing as normal, pain. No, I live with level 47 pain.
Funny story here… Because I did not want to give myself a diagnosis I never researched what Chronic/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) once known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Causalgia was until some point in late 2015, almost 4 years after my injury date. See early in my case, I was in my attorney’s office being deposed by the opposing counsel when the lead attorney asked me about my pain, he asked me to describe it to them. As I mentioned above, I live with what I perceive as #level47pain247 or I did at one point. We will call this the height of my pain. The gentleman turns to me looks me square in the eye and wanted to know where I got that number from, where I had read it, where I had heard it.
What’s so funny about that, you ask? Oh, I’m sorry you must be reading this article by mistake, but I’m glad you are here… Please make yourself comfortable and allow me to explain. See, there is this pain rating scale called the McGill Pain Scale and it goes from 0-50. It was developed by Dr. Melzack at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The scale is used to evaluate a person who is experiencing significant pain utilizing it over time to determine the effectiveness of pain management interventions
Today my pain is not as bad as it was, I still have my bad days but who doesn’t. The difference is today I have regained overall functionality I thought lost to me. How? You wonder, let me share that with you over here on Lifestyle Detoxification blog site where I will be posting the tips and trick I find to help me feel better than I did where we will explore the Ten Steps according to The American Chronic Pain Association and I’ll leave my opinions out of it. Hope to see you there. (Click the colored hyperlink above to go to the page with the first step of ten total in this series.)