When you run across one interesting tidbit on the Internet, it often leads you to another (sometimes not so interesting one). Today I found one that's similar to the "Spoon" theory, but much more relevant to me.
For the past 3 1/2 years following my bout with nasty Viral Encephalitis, I've experienced unremitting, chronic pain in my pelvic/abdominal area. For sure, I've had all the traditional tests--MRI, CAT, x-ray, etc., etc. Some I won't even mention here as they're quite embarrassing. Everything's been ruled out--the biggies like cancer, fibro, etc. For that I am thankful. However ... the story doesn't end here.
The last MD I saw told me I'll have to live with this pain the rest of my life and threw an RX at me for an antidepressant. Not because I'm depressed, but he claimed it would help with the pain. Been there, done that with antidepressants, so I didn't get this one filled.
By sheer coincidence, I got an RX for pelvic floor physical therapy. It was there that the therapist "diagnosed" me with a weird sounding ailment called "myofascial restrictions" (sort of like adhesions but not). She began doing manual manipulation. I had considerable relief for a while. But when we moved back to Texas, my pain level escalated to a plus 7 on most days.
I began seeing a therapist here in Texas, but couldn't afford her due to the out-of pocket I was charged. Found me a new clinic where the co-pay is at least do-able.
Here I am, however, with a pain level of 7-10, with today an off-the-chart level.
In an effort to distract myself from the pain, I searched the Internet and found this intriguing article. I am providing the link here, but I also intend to share this with my family in hopes it will help them understand a little more so they can empathize when I'm unable to do things or go places.
If you or someone you knows suffers from chronic pain, you might want to share this "Bucket Theory."