Why is Not All Pain Considered Equal?

The Task

Luxy Hair’s 30 Day Self Care Challenge, Day 7: Pamper yourself: take a long shower or bubble bath.

Read more about this journey by checking out my previous acts of self-love.

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The Problem

I have a bad back–have since I broke my ankle and it never healed properly. Today at work, while I was bending down to pick up a case of water, I tweaked it. I (somehow) stayed through the rest of my shift but the moment I got home, I flopped on the couch, flat on my back.

Luckily, my chiropractor had a crack in his schedule and my massage therapist was able to squeeze me in.

I don’t have a bathtub in my house, so that’s not an option, and the idea of standing for any period of time, let alone for the time it would take for a “long shower,” seems horrendous.

So, my act of self-care today will be to lay in bed and read the new book I bought a few weeks ago and haven’t had a chance to even open yet. The self-care part of this is that I will not feel guilty for doing it!

Thoughts on my Problem

One of the things I dislike more than anything is people who compare pain.

An older gentleman who came into the store today made a snippy comment on why I was moving so slowly. I told him that I have an injured back and I tweaked it. I apologized for moving slowly. He went into a rant about how people these days don’t know real pain. His back is sore all the time. Etc. Etc.

I was very kind about it, told him that there are all different kinds of pain. Some are achy, some are sharp. Some feel like there’s a person digging a needle into a nerve (cough cough). I told him I was sorry that he was in pain.

Why is it that people feel the need to hurt more than others? If I were to say I pulled a muscle, there’s always someone who will come back at me with, “Well I tore a muscle.” Okay. Solid. We’re both in pain. Why does it have to be a competition?

Instead of comparing our pain to others, let’s try to find comradery in our similar injuries. Instead of saying “Oh, I have that too and [insert attempt at oneupmanship],” say, “I feel you. I’m sorry you’re in pain. I have some suggestions on how to help.”

Pain is pain. Hurt is hurt.

Important Reminder

Try to drink 64oz of water per day my loves!

Question of the Day

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3 thoughts on “Why is Not All Pain Considered Equal?

  1. Hi! So, I haven’t seen black panther yet, but want to!!!

    But, I, too, have a bad back. Have you ever tried any of the portable tens units? It’s like a machine thing that sticks to your back and it like…vibrates (?) kind of. I don’t know how to describe it, but it helps mine sometimes (but not always) so maybe so,etching to try? I got mine at Walmart I think, also, I’m sure you know this, but heating pads are my life saver with back pain!

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    1. 1) I’m grabbing my bluray player and the disk and coming to you. IDK where you’re living right now but I’m FORCING YOU TO WATCH THIS GIFT OF CINEMA. Haha.
      2) I went to Walmart today and got a simple lumbar support brace that I can wear at work! I had it on while driving home and it really helped, not only with the pain but also with my posture (not to mention it made my tummy look less chubby).

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