The Never-Ending Pain with Psoriatic Arthritis
When you have psoriatic arthritis, how do you best manage pain and how do you try to stay positive in the face of dealing with pain each and every day?
Life is filled with emotional ups and downs. As for me; I have had to deal with my pain for over 50+ years. It has not been an easy journey, but I have brought so many people along with me on this trip.
At times, I feel alone in this battle
When I was younger, I would get upset if a friend didn’t call me back, or I couldn’t get a date because of my condition. I would get mad at them and eventually mad at the world. I remember a time not wanting to relate to people at all. I knew they were all judging me and not believing what I was going through. I actually thought I would be alone my whole life and I would just drift away from family and friends. I was very lonely.
Positive thinking is hard, but worth it
One day after feeling sorry for myself I had to just say, let life lead me or let me lead my life. I had to get rid of the negative thoughts and put positive things in my head. I refuse to let misery be my companion.
I first had to let negative people go. I would no longer be a part of their pity party. I didn’t just cut them off completely; when I would talk to them I would find the good in that person and concentrate on that and not let them always put me down or feel sorry for me. I had to fight to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m glad I did or I would not be in the position I am today.
How I manage my pain
I am on pain medication at this time. It relieves the pain, but does nothing to change the disease state. I have learned over the years that light exercise does help. It reduces some joint pain and stiffness. Over the past 6 months, I have become more flexible and have more endurance. I have started eating better and getting my proper rest.
Overall, I would say; get rid of stress and keep a journal. Join a support group. I started one years ago. You can share your experience with people who understand. Be open with friends a family, even if they don’t get it.
Staying positive is taking the time to be thankful for what is good in your life.