Hi everyone, I am really hopeful that this will resonate with others that suffer from chronic pain.
I’m 27 years old and have chronic pain that is getting in the way of my goals. After suffering from hormonal issues my weight ballooned to 308lb, which I thought was the reason for my pain. Since 2016 I have lost 110lb and am sitting around 198lb, which is AMAZING and I am so happy with how hard I have worked to lose it. Unfortunately, even with losing the weight my chronic pain issues are getting worse and not better.
I take 4 different medications every day to ease the pain. One is an anti-depressant, one is an NSAID, one is to stop the possibility of ulcers forming in my stomach and the last is for energy. I have found that a spray originally made to desensitize the male “downstairs” area is the cheapest way to ease neck and back pain with topical anaesthetic as it’s active ingredient. I see a physio every two weeks, I try and walk 5km once a week, do bodyweight exercises once a week and stretch/foam roll every single day.
I really enjoy doing a lot for myself. I have studied graphic design at university and event management through an online college. I have completed both courses. I would like to continue studying, doing short courses on sustainable living and horticulture some day.
I have been working as much as possible through my study to keep on top of normal bills and rent, and without the medical bills I would be able to afford the basics in my life with no issues. These excess costs are overwhelming!! I wish I could say that I’m not in debt over ongoing costs, but I am – and I can’t keep up with repayments and the interest is getting the better of me.
I am trying really hard to be able to do everything I want to do – work and study, pace myself, but still not miss out on living my life. To try and save money and still be social I volunteer with some really cool organisations that plan events for people that like either science or fitness. The 5km I walk once a week is usually at Parkrun (which is a free timed 5km that happens at 8 am on Saturday morning in parks all over the globe!) and that is a bit of a community event so I can be social then too.
I have just started getting more tests done to help find out if there is anything that can be done further or differently, as I don’t want to be stuck on anti-depressants if I’m not depressed. The tests are going to cost a lot of money, and on top of physio appointments and medication, I don’t know how I’m going to afford it all. I just can’t give up yet.
I’m young, I have so much I want to do.
That said, I am stuck in a vicious cycle of not having enough money to do the things I need to do because of medical bills. Sometimes I have to spend more than what I get in my paycheck. My chronic pain is a pain in itself, but my financial situation is holding me back from finding a way forward to achieve the things I want to achieve.
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you had chronic pain when you were younger and understand how much of a financial burden it is. How much of a mental burden it is. How much it would mean if someone that understood and could afford to lend a helping hand, helped in a way that you couldn’t thank them for enough.
Thank you for reading, and I am so grateful for any support you are able to provide.