It all started when we went on honeymoon in Prague. It was great and we had made it a point to see most of it. But there was a little problem, during our stay two of my toes in my right foot became swollen and were painful. I put it down to all the walking we had done and that the pain would recede once we got back home and relaxed. But it didn’t; it got worse. The pain and swelling spread to all the major joints in my body.
I visited a number of experts in various medicinal fields from orthopaedic consultants to rheumatologists and even chiropractors; each providing their version of my ailment. The remedies ranged from steroid injections, methatroxate tablets to my head being bent at unnatural angles. But no matter what I underwent, I remained in pain.
Hopefully the day will come when I will be cured. But in the meantime there are a number of things that I can do to make my day-to-day life more tolerable.
The last thing you need to do is let the uncertainty and discomfort get the better of you. Pain is subjective. The more resigned you are, the worse it will feel. Maintain a positive mentality, and that same pain will not seem as dilapidating.
A little forethought can go a long way. Ensure that the actions which provide the greatest discomfort are reduced as much as possible. If washing the floor is agony, get a steamer instead. If tying shoelaces proves difficult, get sneakers with velcro fastenings.
You are what you eat. Be sure that you identify foods which could be causing flare ups. In my case the culprits are sugars and acidic foods. You will get cravings, but believe me, it’s a small price to pay for the benefits you reap.
Old housewives remedies
Don’t discount them completely. In most cases they are harmless natural remedies. They will not provide a cure, but they could provide relief. Consultation with the experts is still advisable before attempting anything.
Perfection exists only in Heaven. Do not expect it here on Earth; and more importantly do not try to achieve it; it will only make you feel miserable (please refer to my first point to see where that gets you).
In the end the most important lesson is to learn to adapt your lifestyle to your circumstances. We need to understand that we live in an imperfect, flawed, upside-down world, but what a beautiful world it is if we start to look outside our own little prison we call our body.