Pain Sucks

Pain sucks

A very strange week this week, going back to work after maternity leave. This is not a post I would usually write as I try to be really positive on the blog but this is a weird week for me. So rather than a fancy title I’m going with, Pain Sucks.

Those of you who follow the blog will know I’ve had 3 spinal surgeries and still struggle with pain on a daily basis. When you have a permanent problem or are in chronic pain it really is something you need to learn to live with and accept. You can’t let it control your life or it will consume you.

Just because it’s invisible it still exists

If you see someone with a broken leg, arm or a visible disability then you can clearly see they may need help. You will take any adjustments into account, move out of their way, offer to help. However so much of the time the problem is invisible. You can’t see I have a spinal problem, there are so many people out there with ‘invisible’ illnesses. Now I don’t want to walk around with a sign on my neck saying ‘special person’ but you know what, sometimes I could just do with a bit more help.

Also as with quite a few illnesses it doesn’t just hurt where the main injury is. My lumber spine is the problem area however this week my glutes and thighs are hurting. My shoulders feel like they are touching my ears, which in turn has hurt my neck and given me a rather strange sensation in my hands.


I’ve gone back to work this week sitting at a desk and being in one place hasn’t really helped with my back. I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself, which is what prompted me to write this post. It’s crazy that something as simple as sitting down more can cause so much discomfort. Mind you I’ve put my back out before simply picking a glass of water up off the floor!

So for tonight I’m letting myself be grumpy. My poor husband has had an ear bashing about absolutely nothing, well he asked me to put sugar on the shopping list. I’m going to lie on the sofa, with a hot water bottle. I’ve taken a handful of painkillers, all prescribed and the right dose! And for tonight I’m going to eat both chocolate and ice cream.

Tomorrow is another day, a good nights rest will help and I will be less grumpy in the morning.




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  • Reply Kerry Norris

    Aww I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ve been following your journey and reading about your surgery. Sometimes it’s good to get things off your chest so I hope that has helped you a bit. Hopefully next week will be easier x

    January 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Alina

    Sometimes we need to be grumpy to be better tomorrow. It will get better and although it’s annoying that your back isnt great because of work it should all pass, have faith!
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    January 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply fashionandstylepolice

    Sorry to hear about this. Yes a good night’s sleep does help. Hope you start to feel better soon.
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    January 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    Oh gosh it must be hard. Ranting is always good for the soul 🙂

    January 13, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply ChelseaMamma

    Oh bless you – my friend has a bad back but they cannot operate because they fear the disc will just crumble. I don’t know how she manages but she cannot work at all. Hope you manage to find a way of working with it – have you seen occupational health as they can help

    January 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Kara. Yes seen occupational health and I do have everything in place I need. A sit stand desk and a special chair. I think I just needed to have a bit of a moan last night!

      January 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Evelina

    Oh no! Sorry to hear this. It must be so frustrating to live like this.
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    January 12, 2017 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Mellissa Williams

    It must be awful living with chronic pain all the time. Do you have a pain management nurse?
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    January 12, 2017 at 7:21 am
    • Reply Lisa

      I haven’t no, it’s been so long since the pain started that I’ve just been managing as best I can. I try to keep painkillers to a minimum.

      January 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Ana De-Jesus

    God that is horrible hun so sorry to hear about all the pain you go through. Its ok to be grumpy hun you have been through so much xxx Hope the pain abates.
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    January 11, 2017 at 10:58 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Ana sometimes having a rant helps a bit. Feeling a bit better today after a good nights rest x

      January 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Deborah Nicholas

    It must be so frustrating for you hun but your outlook is good and i hope you find some ease!
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    January 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Deborah, there are lots of things to be thankful for. Hey it’s only pain I can manage it, just sometimes I need to have a pity party! 🙂

      January 12, 2017 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Newcastle Family Life

    I have no idea what it is like living with constant pain, it must be so frustrating and I hope writing this down has helped in some way xx
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    January 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thank you. It did actually help a lot, I never really have a good rant but I’m feeling much better for it x

      January 12, 2017 at 8:11 pm

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