Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. (Taken from Webmd)
I have been suffering with chronic pain in my hip for approx 12 years. I noticed it all those years back after walking for a long stretch of time – I was around 11 years old. I just remember a painful burning sensation and it has flared up again and again ever since.
Over the past 4/5 years I’ve noticed it getting increasingly worse – I have done heat and ice, steroid injections and months of physiotherapy but its still sore. Don’t get me wrong the steroid injections help ALOT but they wear off over time and they say you can only have 3 in your life time and it took 2 shots in 4 months for it to take effect.
Like the definition states it can be excruciating, it can come and go quickly or it can stay for weeks. It makes you tired and irritable and it also stops your from wanting to do things when you have the pain. By no means am I saying that it stops me from living my life but sometimes when I have been in pain all day the last thing I want to do is go out and about.
Over time I have found a few things that cause the pain to flare up – I have found that some shoes cause pain in my hip (I quickly get rid of them if they do it), walking slow makes it sore, shopping centre floors – I don’t know what material it is but damn it hurts my hip, sitting too straight in the car and there are a few others. Other times it’s sore I can’t seem to find a reason but when it hurts it really hurts.
If you were to see me you wouldn’t expect me to have chronic pain. I walk fast (mainly because if I walk slow it hurts) I walk normally unless my I am in total agony as sometimes it feels too sore to put pressure so it makes me limp from the pain.
About 5 months ago I started attending Active Therapy Clinic in Dollingstown, Northern Ireland – for anyone local to me who wants to check out their website you can find it here.
My physiotherapist is called Claudia and I find that she is very good at what she does. Through my treatment Claudia has carried out Shockwave therapy, massaging and Dry Needling and various other things- I definitely think we are getting somewhere with my hip and the relief I get after each visit is great. Last weekend my hip was so sore that I found myself wanting time to hurry up so that it would be Monday and I could get to my appointment – sad I know 😉
Hopefully with a few more months I can get away from the pain but I know with this being such a long term/multiple problem injury as such it will take time and patience for it to get better. I know I have come a long way from were I was when I started.
As I sit and write this blog post I am in pain – not constant but shooting pains here and there, burning sensations etc but like I said above anything can cause the pain there are only a few things that I have been able to pick out that I know definitely cause it but it a lot better from I started regular physio sessions.
If you have been suffering with an injury for a long time or maybe its just new be sure to get it checked out and sort it out before its left so long that it takes an age to get better like mine.
Lastly if you live around my area definitely try Active Therapy for some relief. I’m so glad I decided to start listening to my body and do something about my pain.
I hope you enjoyed reading and make sure to look after yourself as no one else can do it for you 😀
Thanks for reading 😀