Living With Chronic Pain – Part 1

Hey everyone πŸ™‚

Sorry for disappearing like that last night, I just couldn’t face writing a post.

I often mention my issues, but bar the tiny explanation in my first ever post, I’ve never really gone into any detail on it.

It all started when I was about 13 years old.

I used to dance, I did ballet and contemporary as well as volunteering as an assistant with the younger classes.

I didn’t dance as much as some girls but I loved it and it was a part of my life. Afterall, I started ballet when I was only 3 years old!

Almost 5 years ago now I started noticing a pain in my left hip when I did certain movements and gradually it worsened and spread to the right hip too. It wasn’t extreme pain but it made it pretty much impossible to dance anymore.

At this point we weren’t too worried, although there didn’t seem to be a source of injury, we figured I must have damaged something through dancing, maybe just something like tendonitis.

Obviously my GP refered me to the hospital where I had my first x-ray. Nothing. Then an MRI. Still nothing. At this point I started to be a little worried.

After seeing a few more specialists it was decided to send me to a Physio. I saw two Physios, the first specialised in sports injuries and she gave me dozens of exercises to do everyday and the second concentrated more on acupuncture.

Neither worked.

And we still had no diagnosis.

By this point I was no longer dancing and could do almost no form of exercise. I stuck to cycling to school which meant cycling for 2 miles a day however I ate as usual. Over the next couple of years things gradually got worse and I put on weight. I was never fat but when you were naturally thin all your life and you suddenly find yourself with a womanly figure emotionally it is hard to handle.

Enter the beginning of my negative relationship with my body and my issues with food.

I was now miserable with my self and in increasing amounts of pain and at 15 years old, when you’re facing all of the other teenage issues, it’s difficult to deal with.

I’d like to say things got better, and I guess in some ways they did, but on the whole things have only degenerated however that can all be saved for another post.

Sorry if that was a bit of a negative post compared to usual!

I’ll be back to my usual self tomorrow, I promise.

I shall leave you with a picture of some happy cupcakes πŸ™‚

Hope you’re all having a good weekend!

Sophie x

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22 comments

  1. Mmmm cupcakes. It must have been so frustrating for you to not get a diagnosis, being a teenager is hard enough without all of that. You’re amazing to have dealt with everything and come out happy on the other side, seriously!

  2. Thankyou for sharing your story. Don’t think of this post as negative at all!
    Its always nice to learn a bit more about the people behind the blog.
    Those cupcakes are definitely happy! aww so cute!

  3. I don’t consider this negative. Having to deal with that through your teenage years would have been tough. I thinks its great of you for sharing, It’s wonderful to know a little more about you. That’s incredible that you used to be a ballet dancer πŸ™‚

  4. Aw maan girl that must have been tough going through, I enjoyed reading it though. The cupcakes look like they’d cheer anyone up, loving the bright blue ones especially!

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