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OK – It’s time to admit to myself. I’m living with another chronic physical problem – pain in my head, specifically the sinuses. We don’t know if it’s an illness but it is chronic (no cure in sight, over one year, requiring on-going care).
I’ve tried the “obvious” (at least to me):
- Treating symptoms with meds (nasal sprays) and alternative therapies (acupuncture, meditation, Focusing)
- Going to an M.D. for treatment (an ear, nose and throat surgeon who surgically widened the nasal passages)
Now, I’m in that no man’s land that we with CI know well. Symptoms — with no diagnosis that makes sense — means I’m treating symptoms on my own (with suggestions from my doctor/husband and assorted others). Until someone comes up with a better idea.
Meanwhile, hooray for this, I can work in pain. I’m not saying all pain – but this pain. Some changes I’ve made on pain days:
- Keep even better notes when working with clients because memory isn’t as good — and re read everything twice.
- Get more sleep and naps on pain days.
- Don’t try to accomplish intensive writing projects because I can’t concentrate on that type of work for long.
Can you make shifts like this in how you work when symptoms get worse?
What kind of pain makes work impossible?
What have you found helps?
When you’re stuck – – and it doesn’t seem to be getting better — it’s so much easier if you look at symptoms as giving you the information you need to live with what is.