A tale about dealing with pain

As I write this, I’m lying in a bed, where I will have to spend the next 10 days. It’s part of a process where I am dealing with what has become constant, debilitating pain. I’m sharing this with you in the hope that it will spur you to deal with your pain as soon as you experience it, before it gets serious and it starts to dominate your life.

There are few things one can do when they’re stuck in a bed. Sharing their thoughts, whether it’s in written form or as recorded media, is one of those things. So here is a video I recorded last night about my experience with pain and the process I went through in order to deal with it.

Before you watch it though, I want to share the most important point from the video, the clincher if you will, and it’s this: pain begets misery; misery begets more pain, and so the downward spiral goes, bringing you into darkness, into a personal hell out of which only you can escape, and the more you stay down there in that hell hole, the harder it becomes to see the light, to live your life, to enjoy what the world has to offer, to appreciate the love of those around you, and to accomplish your goals. Your life gets put on hold and you’re stuck dealing with the pain, thinking about it constantly, gritting your teeth, trying to ignore what cannot be ignored. Do not get to this point. Do whatever you can, as soon as you can, short of illegal stuff, to feel better and to be able to do what you need to do in order to feel alive and happy.


4 thoughts on “A tale about dealing with pain

  1. It’s the weightlifting. My back was fine until I started weightlifting (a long time ago) and when I quit, my back got better. Then one day about 8 years ago, I picked up a little girl who begged to be picked up and pow! I experienced a terrible back pain which didn’t get better for one month. Tomorrow I have to change the tires on the car and I’m dreading it.

    Glad you may have found the cause. Însănătoșire grabnică!

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    1. I don’t think it’s the weightlifting. I think it’s because I’m clumsy and always bumping into things. I fell down the stairs a couple of times. I fell hard, bumping my coccyx on each step as went down, bumping my head, etc. Plus, I also fell into a hole in the ground, breaking my ankle in two places (bimalleolar fracture) and requiring two surgeries, one to put screws in and one to take them out. See this post: https://raoulpop.com/2013/03/20/my-progress-from-december-2012-to-march-2013/. I think the combined shock from all those events messed up my hips, which in turn messed up my vertebrae and my discs.

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      1. I’ve seen some of your weightlifting Youtubes. Was the human body really meant to lift like that? Maybe bench press is okay. But I suspect you are going to go easy on the weightlifting for a while. When you feel okay again, take up yoga with your wife instead. That would be some quality time spent together. I hear there are many side benefits. But don’t overdo that either. I think I got my joints so loosy-goosy doing yoga that I tore my ACL when I was 21 years old. I hate to say it, but we aren’t getting any younger. I swear by taking long walks in the early morning. That’s supposed to be healthy and low stress for the body. In any case, I wish you a speedy recovery.

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