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Environmental Stress!!

Oct 09, 2015 6:33 PM

I've been under a lot of stress in the last couple months!! I've been dealing with the following, Mother has been diagnosed with Dementia and she's been working really hard with Physiotherapy. She broke her leg in two places, however the bones have healed. Second issue, my mother in law has been diagnosed with Terminal Cancer, extremely rare cancer, she's been told no treatment, the cancer is at stage 4! And last but not least, having to do a career change, because I can't perform the job like I used to before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia! Now, I've been experiencing more pain in my joints, muscles, and headaches. Does anyone have any advice or words of wisdom to share with me?

Oct 09, 2015 6:58 PM

Familyman71, I am so sorry for what you and your family are going through. So many huge life changes and health issues. Coming on here and talking with others may help, maybe journaling, meditation, or prayer. Whatever works best for you. I'm not sure how, but humans manage to get through really tough times. They often feel like slow motion nightmares. To me at least it feels that way. I know that there is almost always someone in the community to talk to. There are a lot of wonderful and very helpful people in this community. My prayers are with you and your family.

Oct 09, 2015 7:07 PM

Thank you, Anonymous 71, my family and I have been praying and attending church and reaching out to family and friends. I'm not going to lie, its been really tough on the family and i , its like you stated..Living in a nightmare. I have to keep the faith, stay strong, keep moving forward!

Oct 09, 2015 7:15 PM

We are all here, to help support you as best we can. I can only imagine the toll it is taking on you all. One day at a time, one moment at a time if need be. It is never easy, especially in the midst of the storm. Deep breathing exercises help me with anxious thoughts and feelings. Kind of like imagery, imagining myself in my favorite safe place. Kind of redirects my thought process for a while. Any time you need to talk reach out and someone will gladly be here for you!

Oct 09, 2015 8:20 PM

Familyman71, Everything Anonymous1971 has suggested is exactly what I would have said. Two years ago when my health started tumbling downward, my father became very ill. My parents were dependent on me for a lot. I became overwhelmed and nearly had a nervous breakdown trying to take care of them and myself, and it wasn't working out. I finally told them and my siblings I could no longer do it alone and everyone needed to help out. He's doing some better but has Alzheimer's now. He just saw a Ortho surgeon today; his hip and knee a are bone on bone, but due to his age and risk vs benefits they aren't doing surgery. That's a relief to me because sedation two years ago started his cognitive changes. On the flip side my hubby's mom had a stroke last year and she's rapidly digressing. It's a large burden on him, so I'm worried about his health. In order to get through it all, I've focused on my faith in God, and His promise to walk beside us, or carry us through our challenges. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," as the song lyrics go. We are all here for you! You're in my thoughts and prayers! 🙏🌼

Oct 09, 2015 8:45 PM

Thank you, Flappslady81, for responding to my post and including my family and I in your thoughts and prayers. I'm very grateful for joining this Forum, I feel like I found a big family, with big hearts!

Oct 09, 2015 9:03 PM

I feel the same way! And our differences are just like sibling differences, but the chronic pain makes and keeps our bonds strong. 🙏🌼

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