Friends, I’ve spent the last two days in a flare up. I haven’t hurt like this in probably 2 years or more. Mentally it’s chipping at me.
So here’s what has kicked into gear in the last 48 hours.
- Stiff neck
- Tightness in my back
- Sore finger joints
- Stiff knees
- Sore feet
- Difficulty stretching out. My hip flexors are going from loose to tight one minute to the next.
I’ve often encouraged folks with chronic pain to keep up the fight because tomorrow could be the day they go into remission. Well two days ago started my first potentially real step backwards in many years.
So what’s my win in all of this? Mental toughness and a ridiculous pain tolerance. I made have to waddle or limp my way through the day but by god I’m going to do it. I’ve got a life to live and I’m not going to do it from the comfort of my bed.
A line from the movie, Tombstone starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer comes to mind. At the end of the film as Kilmer’s character, Doc Holliday, lays in bed at the sanitarium, he tells Wyatt Earp (Russell), “There’s no perfect life, Wyatt. There’s just life. Now get on with it.”
We all hope for pain free days. Some days we get them. Some days we don’t. I’ve been blessed by being almost completely pain free for the better part of 6 years.
To my own PsA I say bring it. You didn’t stop me before. You sure as hell won’t stop me now. #findyourwin