I am not sure how many different waiting rooms I sat in for hours on my quest to find a cure to end chronic pain, as crazy as it sounds the number is definitely above two hundred. I missed classes, weekends, school events, time with friends, sports, clubs…you name it because I spent the majority of my time either in a waiting room or with a doctor. Ten years in a waiting room, more than that if you count the months at the Mayo Clinic prior to entering the Pain Rehab Center. You know what really sucks about a waiting room when you have chronic pain: you cannot even enjoy a book or people watching because all your mind can focus on is the pain. Even worse is once you leave the doctor appointment, your hopes are depleted and your mind is more focused on pain than it was prior to arriving to the waiting room. It is a vicious, awful cycle that so many of you are dealing with now. I would bet a lot of money that at least five of the people reading this post are right now, at this moment in a waiting room for an invisible illness.
A lot of the people who follow my blog are teenagers in their darkest hours in their journey with chronic pain. I totally understand why you are on the quest for a cure because I was you for many, many years. I cannot go back in time and change all those years I tried every doctor and medicine possible for relief to chronic pain nor can I go back in time to get back those hours spent in the waiting rooms. If I knew then what I know now, I would have found the Pain Rehab Center then and learned how to manage pain naturally without a cure. However, this is an impossibility and all I can do is try as hard as I can to help you learn from my past “mistakes” or lessons. Many of you, rightfully so are not ready to stop your search for a cure and I do not blame you in the least. I want you to know that it is very possible to live a wonderful life despite chronic pain. It takes work, patience, time, commitment and a ton of willpower but it can be done. I am here: I have chronic pain and yet it does not control my life. I am here for you whether you follow my advice or do not. You may reach the point I did and decide enough is enough and end your search. I will be there along the way wherever you are in your personal journey.
Your stay in a waiting room will one day end: I now can enjoy waiting rooms if/when I need to see a doctor or my daughter’s appointments. You will get there too!!!