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The Power of Pain

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I have certainly had pain before in my life -- skinned knees as a kid, childbirth (but a great outcome), gallbladder removal. And then there is the dull pain in my hip since November 2010 which led to my hip replacement three weeks ago tomorrow. But all of this pain has been for a short duration even if intense. Or it has been dull and nagging, but not incapacitating. That is until this past week. For a week I had intense pain that even the narcotics dulled only so much while dulling my mind a lot. This fortunately is over as the infection in my hip has finally responded to antibiotics.

Yesterday was the first day since before the surgery that I have not taken any painkillers. One effect of the pain is that all of the controls I have on my eating went out the window. In the hospital, meals became highlights of the day. Once food service understood that I really needed to have gluten-free food, they found all kinds of things for me in the freezer - bread, corn muffins and ----- cinnamon buns. These were little death bombs and I ate every crumb.

But I am back on track today.. Hopefully I will never have such severe pain again. But if I do, I will be watching to make sure that I don't slip back into the old uncontrollable eating ways.
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    Hugs to you emoticon

    Food is comfort to me in so many ways, I can understand how you felt.. and you learned from it and moved on... did your best, it's all any of us can do... progress not perfection

    happy and speedy recovery to you emoticon
    2192 days ago
    I'm so glad you are okay. In a way, pain is our body's way of telling us that something is wrong. In your case, it was the infection. I think these infections happen more often than the experts say. Rest easy.

    2193 days ago
  • MEME102
    Pain is just a funny animal....I was very surprised that I didn't really have surgery in my KNEE after surgery but behind it...drove me crazy. Meds usually took care of it.. If you had an infection - that'll cause more pain I'm sure. Take care....and the food control will lreturn.
    2193 days ago
  • PUGRAD1995
    Pain is a funny thing-just as you think it's under control it comes to visit in another form. I can say that my back hurt more before surgery than afterwards. I don't know if it's the meds I was on or just how much pain I was in before, but it's the truth. I found that although I didn't care much about the diet after surgery-I also didn't find myself hungry - probably because of the pain meds. The nurses would request me to eat when I took pills though.

    Hope you are getting more and more comfortable each day. I was amazed what 2 weeks after surgery was like-I never expected to have less pain and be able to move that well after surgery!
    2193 days ago
    Oh yeah!! I told my doctor straight out if she wanted me to eat right and lose weight she needed to reduce my pain. Reduce my pain, and I'll eat right! That's what I told her. So... she did (I got diagnosed and am now on meds for fibromyalgia) and then my neck got screwy and I'm in pain again. GRRRR. Sometimes I think the universe is just like Well, I tried to teach you a lesson, you didn't learn, so here's the next chapter and verse!! LOL So... now I am trying to be good even though I'm in pain. It's a LOT harder. Cheap carbs make you feel better physically in the short term (I know in the long term it doesn't but instant gratification is sometimes really hard to not grab hold of) but I know they are bad for me so here we go!
    2193 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I am so proud of you for not saying "O screw it!" and giving up. Unrelenting pain with a clouded mind is no joke. Been there.

    Back on track today - I hope every day is one of moving forward at a pace that works for you and does not set you back.
    2193 days ago
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