Hi all. Just started journaling yesterday. After 5 years of chronic pain you'd think I would have started this earlier. I didn't want my life to be centered around my pain but that's what my life has become. I've changed jobs and do the activities I love to do anymore. I was a full time dance teacher for 3 years. I am switching to an office job at a dance studio I taught at. I finished teaching 5 weeks ago. I thought the pain would have subsided by now, but I still have days where I'm in unbearable pain. It feels like something is wringing out a towel deep in the right side of my body. It started as a lower back issue and has traveled up my spine to my neck and also down my leg. It burns terribly. I am doing Pilates, dry needling, and massage therapy. I am hoping this combination, along with not dancing, will be my remedy. I'm trying to be hopeful, but some days I fear I will never feel normal again. I'm tired of being a "sick" person. I used to thrive on health, dance, nutrition, and exercise. It is my passion. Any help, advice, or words of encouragement welcome. Thanks for listening.