I deal with chronic pain; that means parts of my body hurt every minute of every day. Medication, naturopath/homeopathic formulations, meditation, yoga, relaxation and reflection exercises, creative visualization, and a heating pad all work towards dulling, but not removing, the pain.
So, when something hurts differently, or somewhere different hurts, I notice. Today it’s my stomach muscles. Probably the result of doing some new poses in yoga class last night, and a touch of reoccurring chondritis (costochondritis). I always have pains in my abdomen, but pulled muscles feels different and it hurts!
It reminds me of how my stomach muscles feel after coughing due to a persistent upper respiratory infection. I remember the first time it happened. I hadn’t started school yet. My mother said I was “barking like a seal” when I coughed. So, when I sound like Sea World, or the protected beaches of California, I know I’m in for the long haul.
So, spent most of today lying in the fetal position with my precious heating pad hugged against my tummy. I finally gave in a took a muscle relaxant. At least now I can sit at the computer without going into the fetal position on my chair. It’s strange how a new or different pain hurts more than the ones I’m so familiar with.