Searching for a Diagnosis

041Pain often follows an injury, an injury that we can clearly identify, from the most benign, like a stubbed toe, to most severe, think of just about any claimed war injury and our mind, with all our exposure to today’s permissive preoccupation with graphic images, jumps to the most horrific of possibilities.

But sometimes the message of pain, that the mind senses and sends us the alarm for, is not so clearly indicated. There is no apparent injury. And yet, there is pain, even in some cases, severe pain. How is this possible?

Unfortunately, as any Emergency Room Doctor can tell you, pain, without a clear indication of harm or injury to the body, is a frequent event. Our body’s send the signal of pain, through a series of electrical currents within the cells of our bodies to our mind, as an alarm. In our modern world that signal is then followed by a battery of tests such as x-rays, blood work, and MRI’s whereby the Doctors, clinicians and technicians go on the hunt for where the injury within us lies.

Michelle Kleimann has experienced this failed, seemingly anyway, search for the answer to her experience of pain. The link below to her story paints a clear picture of the experience as well as validating for others that they are not alone.

A frustrated seekers experience

Amazingly, and blessedly, our current medical prowess often leads to a diagnosis and the cure for the injury, and possibly disease, which induced the pain.

Unfortunately though….that is not always the case. There is still much we have to learn about the body and most mysteriously, the nervous system, of all the body’s systems. this is the least well understood. The great hunt for the root of pain can drag on and unfortunately, as our society is still grappling with “issues” dealing with, helping with, and accepting other’s pain it can lead to a very challenging position to be in, undiagnosed pain. You know the pain is real and yet Doctors cannot find  source. It then becomes a matter of faith.

Pray that your medical healthcare team “believes” you and sticks with you because, until we have an objective way to measure pain, and that is on the horizon, we rely on verbal testimonies for pain level. And in some cases opiate medications may be the only thing that helps.

There are no easy answers here.

Being in pain without a clear-cut answer is a very challenging position to be in. Do not down play just how challenging it is. Your body is trying, even if your nervous system itself may have gone astray, to tell you that something is wrong. Being threatening, as pain indicates threat, continually is not for the faint of heart. You will need all your and your support team’s strength.

Do not give up until you find a medical team who believes in you and is willing to help you find help, including whatever medications that are called for, that work for you, and to continue to work towards a solution.

Make sure that your personal support team is on-board and keep them abreast of what you have and are trying to do to get help. Ask them for help.Do not neglect the psychological aspects of what you are going through and be sure to get the support and care you need in this respect.  Be sure to be good to yourself and take good care of yourself, watching your energy expenditure with care, giving yourself the gift of acceptance in the moment and too, the gift of more time if needed, practice gratitude for the people and things in your life that are working well.

And remember to take one day at a time. You never know what tomorrow may bring.

 

Author: ChronicPainDailyReflections

I manage a web-site, Chronic Pain Daily Reflections.com, created for and in support of those living in chronic pain. The site helps with the day-to-day spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of those with constant pain, whatever its source.

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