Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pain, being in

I have some level of constant pain, and have had for about half of my life so far. It has been worse lately-- now, I am not complaining about so much as noting its effect, because I think most people are in the same situation.

Since I broke my leg, it hurts off and on throughout the day. My back is messed up because I have some extruded lumbar discs, and also am prone to lower back muscle tears and spasms, so it is rare that I don't have some sort of pain from my back.

The soles of my feet tend to hurt. This is because I was near a lightning strike, and it ran up through the ground and up my legs. It was a very unusual, highly unpleasant experience. It wasn't particularly scary, because it was impossible to know what was going on as it was going on, but it was very disturbing afterwards. I may have posted about here somewhere in this blog but i can't find it.

I broke my toe a while back, also, and it is stiff.

So these are the more prominent discomforts, they are a little more noticable in the colder weather. But I've had these for a long time now.

All these things cause one to make nearly unconscious accounting for them. You hesitate a little more before moving, plan your steps a little more, you think ahead when you are walking through a store because if a cart comes out from an aisle, it hurts if you have to turn to avoid it. I think about how this sort of discomfort has to affect professional athletes, because these mental allowances as well as the sensation of pain itself is draining.

And no way am I in as much pain as a lot of people are, so again I'm not complaining but I'm noting that if you think that most people are in pain, then it helps to cut them some consideration when they are not seeming to act or move they way you'd like.

because of the Pain drain.


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