Can you be body confident when suffering from chronic pain? Do these two things even mix? Can I live in harmony again in a body that seems to work against me? I’ve been living with chronic pain for 4 years now. Some days I am in more pain than others .
I had to retire for now from my optometric tech -optician duties because of all the pain I have had and the limited mobility drives me crazy because I don’t like to be limited. I mean my knee just wont move the way it should. My goal is to get back to work someday.
Overall I am happy with myself, I am pretty, I am smart, I am good hearted , kind, compassionate giving person. I’m happy with my life, in spite of the challenges I deal with daily but I feel as if I’m struggling to be happy with my actual body. I mean I have a few things that are keeping me from dropping some weight which in turn will help my bones.
Dealing with adrenal fatigue and hashimoto’s on top of hypothyroidism , osteonecrosis , osteoarthritis and spondylolethesis just some days is well challenging.
My body is changing constantly, with new aches and pains.. It hurts a persons confidence sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I am, confident but I’m not 100%. like I used to be.
How can I be? My body stops me from being able to do things,like hiking which I miss and love, I cant roller skate anymore , I cant work like I used to . I also can’t wear things because of the pain like my spike heels.
My fashion choices have changed as I have gained weight and when my pain gets worse,
If you were looking to me for some magical answers with this post, I don’t really have any.
I’m exploring it all myself.
Yes I try many things some help a little , some help a lot but all seem to be temporary.
I do things like take curcumin for my pain, I make sure I eat healthy.
I am a Flexitarian who eats mostly plant based. I take my vitamins, I do exercise as best as I can.
Chronic pain affects people in different ways, but I really don’t think people understand how it can effect our body confidence.
I just cannot sit for 1-2 hours everyday to curl my hair & put on makeup, nor do I really want to. I am now a eyeliner – lipstick kinda woman now and of course I still curl my hair just not with all the products in my hair
Can I wear a bra around the house? Mmmm I could but why LOL.
I try to ride my recumbent bike a few miles daily
Some days I walk some but its really a pain because depending on where I walk my knee will either love it or hate it.
My new thing is using dumbell’s every other day they are 8 lbs each ,
I have to keep the muscles somehow. And I am hoping I can build more muscle lose more fat.
I only use them for a few moves because I cant squat due to the knee problem and if I tried my knee pain would have me on the floor.
I don’t care if i lose 50 lbs but a good 25 would be nice. I dont even mind being a plus size curvy girl, I just know for my height and health of my bones dropping 25-30 lbs would be a real plus .I know I would feel so much better if I could drop some of this weight, I love me ,I love my body, I just want to love it more again.
Now Some Facts :
Here’s a look at what fat does to arthritis, as well as some tips to put you on the road to losing weight.
Fat and Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis, OA, is the most common type of arthritis, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. It is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage – the flexible but tough connective tissue that covers the ends of bones at joints. Age, injury, heredity and lifestyle factors all affect the risk of OA.
Why Obesity Matters
OA has a logical link to obesity: The more weight that’s on a joint, the more stressed the joint becomes, and the more likely it will wear down and be damaged.
“Weight plays an important role in joint stress, so when people are very overweight, it puts stress on their joints, especially their weight-bearing joints, like the knees and the hips,” says Eric Matteson, MD, chair of the rheumatology division at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Every pound of excess weight exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees. So a person who is 10 pounds overweight has 40 pounds of extra pressure on his knees; if a person is 50 pounds overweight, that is 200 pounds of extra pressure on his knees. “So if you think about all the steps you take in a day, you can see why it would lead to premature damage in weight-bearing joints,” says Dr. Matteson.
That’s why people who are overweight are at greater risk of developing arthritis in the first place. And once a person has arthritis, “the additional weight causes even more problems on already damaged joints,” says Dr. Matteson.
But it’s not just the extra weight on joints that’s causing damage. The fat itself is active tissue that creates and releases chemicals, many of which promote inflammation.
“These chemicals can influence the development of OA,” explains Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, a professor of medicine and orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
This effect can be seen in the numerous studies that have linked extra weight to hand OA. “Obviously, you don’t walk on your hands, so there may be something that is produced by fat cells in the body that causes the joint to break down more rapidly than it might otherwise,” says David Felson, MD, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine.
For both reasons – excess joint stress and inflammatory chemicals – fat should be kept in check among all people, especially those who already have OA.
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