If you’ve had pain for a long time… be that a grumbling lower pain, neck pain and headaches or widespread pain in multiple places.
I want you know I understand.
And if you’re struggling, you’re not alone.
Because getting out of pain is hard!
Once you’ve been in pain for a long time then it might well be impossible.
The changes that make pain persist are stubborn, and it’s likely you’ll have some degree of it for the rest of your life.
I’ve had pain for over 10 years now and I doubt it’s ever going away for good.
But having some degree of pain does not mean you have to suffer forever.
You CAN get to a place where it does not dominate your life.
You CAN get to a place where you feel in control.
You CAN learn to manage it well and live a full and active life despite it.
But it will take a LOT of effort.
It is hard.
And it is frustrating.
You will experience setbacks.
You will have flare ups that make you doubt whether any of the effort was worth it.
But ultimately it will be worth it.
Because one day you’ll look back on where you are now and won’t even recognise yourself.
You’ll be able to do things you thought impossible only a few years ago.
Lifting up and playing with your kids or grandkids…
Sitting on a long hall flight and not needing painkillers…
Getting back into running when you’d written off ever being able to to…
You can get to the point where your pain no longer dominates every aspect of your life, where it is a minor nuisance that you manage well…
And THAT is worth all the effort in the world.
Along the way you may well learn strategies that improve every other aspect of your life.
So no, it’s not easy.
But, as the cliche goes, nothing worth having ever is.
And those of you reading this who are already doing the work, you have my respect.
I know exactly how hard it is!