I had not gotten my hair cut in over a year. Why so long? You ask. Well today I remember why after getting my haircut yesterday. As pain courses up and down my head and neck and keeping me up all night I am cursing my new adorable cut. It’s painful! As are are massages (I would rather walk on hot coals), getting my nails done (sitting still for an hour is like some strange form of torture), sitting and watching a movie in the theatre (if i don’t get the seat where I can put my feet up I am not a happy camper), and sitting on non-padded chairs (like sitting on a board full of nails)
I have a high threshold for pain which is why most don’t even know I have chronic pain. When I do this “fun-filled” activities I experience fibro-pain. You will often find me changing positions every few minutes. Most think I’m annoyingly fidgety but really I am trying to move, stretch and avoid trigger points.
There are 18 trigger points [insert boring facts] “Tender points are pain points or localized areas of tenderness around joints, but not the joints themselves. These tender points hurt when pressed with a finger. Tender points are scattered over the neck, back, chest, elbows, hips, buttocks, and knees.”-webmd.com
So you can imagine sitting is generally painful and leaning back into a shampoo bowl aching. Activities I once excitedly luxuriated in now are an acrobatic event of trying to avoid pressure on trigger points. So, no, I am not fidgety, have ants in my pants, impatient or anxious, I am freaking in pain!
It is hard to explain fibro pain. It can be a combination of a few things. Localized pain is like the pain of a root canal where the pain seemingly shoots from head to your toes. Widespread pain feels like poison coursing through your veins or the deep ache of having the flu. I often experience both at the same time which is why light exercise daily has helped because as you can imagine being in pain isn’t exactly relaxing for your muscles. Tensing of the body leads to more pain like clenching your jaw at night but your whole body. Light exercise helps loosen up your body and lets blood flow and I have found it on most days to help with widespread pain.
Who knew I would be hanging up my cute cuts and color, mani/pedis, and full body massages for exercise!?!? What a pain in the butt, literally!!!