Chronic Pain and the weather.

The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, the shops are stocking not only Halloween items but Christmas too! In someways Autumn is my favourite season, it’s exciting, it’s the lead up to Christmas and has fireworks too! I love watching the leaves fall and snuggling up in the warm with a cup of hot honey and lemon (my current favourite drink!).

Unfortunately, with the fun and exciting times Autumn brings comes the extra Hypermobility Syndrome pain. This is also the time I have to really start watching what i’m doing and pace myself. It’s so hard to explain to someone that doesn’t suffer from chronic pain just how bad things can get and how such the simplest of tasks (like walking from the car into the shops) can seem like the most daunting task for someone that suffers with joint pain.

The nature of Hypermobility is that you can have no problem doing a task one day and then you get a knock on effect which means you cannot physically move for up to weeks later, from one simple action! It’s quite isolating to be honest and can make you feel very down.

With a 2 and a half year old things get harder, he is so active, he’s a whirlwind of fun and energy and it’s going to be a challenge keeping him entertained through the months where I struggle to go out, luckily I have a new Homestart volunteer coming to us as of Friday so that will help a bit.

Today I walked to the park with my friend ( thank goodness for my Stokke Xplory as I may have had a problem!) I was able to push Rocket with relative ease and he had a fabulous time as the park, although my friend had to take over and chase him as I coul’dnt do it, signs things are slowing down again. I’m proud of myself that I managed to walk but as I write this I am in a lot of pain and can’t leave the sofa.. what do you do when your’e up to the maximum dose of prescribed painkillers and you are still in a lot of pain? how do you ease it?

If anyone needs me i’l be wrapped up in my electric blanket, enjoying the autumn from my window.

How do you cope with chronic pain and a demanding toddler?

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