Hi, I’m 65 years young, married with two married children and a ‘grandog’, and my first grandchild is due this August. I took up blogging in 2007 and haven’t looked back since.
They say that back pain affects 80pc of the population at some point in their lives. Mine, started in my late 20’s with extremely debilitating low back pain. Treatment in the first years consisted of physiotherapy and manipulation by an osteopath and chiropractor but eventually surgery was the only option.
Thirty years on from that first surgery I have undergone many more of them and had two life threatening episodes. During my years of pain, I have run three of my own businesses but had to subsequently sell them due to the pain I was trying to deal with. I soon realised that time is a gift.
Many a day I’ve felt despair, rage and profound disappointment that I could not do certain jobs. I looked like a question mark, bent like someone 20 years older, I felt like an object of pity. Pain is introspective, it doesn’t give a dam about the rest of the world.
I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a few years after my surgeries while seeing a spinal consultant for some injections for my pain. He asked me to write a diary of where the pain was and how much the injection had helped. When I gave him the diary to read, he said he also thought I had Fibromyalgia and sent me to see a Rheumatologist to confirm it. In all honesty I had never heard of the condition before but both myself and my mum had suffered many bouts of Fibrositis.
Then I took up writing a blog, I can escape into another world with my blogs. I write several of them, but my ‘Back Pain Blog’ is the one that I am most passionate about. I have awards for my ‘Back Pain Blog’ and I was nominated for a Wego Health Award last year. I have made lots of friends through writing blogs and I truly think that ‘blogging’ should be included in the list of therapeutic therapies for chronic pain.
I met Tim Everett owner of The Bad Back Company at a health event recently and we got chatting about ‘my back’, and how I love writing my blog and my diary. Tim asked me if I would like to write a regular diary post on ‘The Bad Back Company’s ‘ blog all about ‘A Day in the Life of a Back Pain Sufferer’.
I am excited to take this opportunity to write about my life in chronic pain and how I manage different ways to control my pain and try to lead a relatively normal life. I hope Tim’s regular readers on his blog enjoy this as well.