In early 2012, I was in my final semester of law school and things were going well for me. I had a great group of friends, I exercised regularly, I belonged to a student club that I found both enjoyable and meaningful, and I had a job lined up for after graduation. On a grad trip in Cuba, I noticed that the chronic hip pain I’d been dealing with for the previous two years, which had mysteriously appeared after running on the treadmill one day, was worsening. How could that be?
Thus began a relentless search for the cause of the worsening hip pain. The doctors I consulted in search of a solution were stumped because they couldn’t find anything wrong on the imaging. The pain continued to intensify. I felt so alone and I was very afraid. After a year and a half of fervently searching for help from a plethora of healthcare providers, I was diagnosed with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). “Okay,” I told myself, “now that I have a diagnosis, I can treat the specific disease, heal, and move on with my life.” Little did I know, I had a very long, arduous road ahead of me.
Fast forward to March, 2019, when I spent one month in hospital and began taking Duloxetine. During this time, I was fortunate to work with a wonderful team of doctors and nurses, as well as an outstanding occupational therapist. I returned home from the hospital feeling better than I had in years. I returned home with hope for the future. “I know I can do this,” I said to myself, “I’m brave and I’m strong.”
At the beginning of May, I started using Curable (link: curablehealth.com), an online program based on neuroplasticity and mind-body syndrome techniques. Curable consists of four main categories: education, brain training, meditation, and writing exercises. The program, which can be done from the comfort of your own home, is designed specifically to help people with chronic pain. I was already well-versed in the science of neuroplasticity and chronic pain, after having read many books on these subjects, and so I jumped into the Curable exercises with gusto.
I’m so pleased to share with you all that I began seeing noticeable improvements within the first week of using Curable. My confidence grew as I was able to do more and more things that I hadn’t done in years. Now it’s been three and a half months of using the program diligently, and I’m so grateful that this summer I’ve done things I’d been dreaming of doing for years. Since starting my Curable journey, I’ve driven around the block, hosted my 32nd birthday party, attended a dear friend’s wedding, gone out dancing, walked around downtown, practiced yoga poses, played at the park, cooked delicious and nutritious meals, enjoyed live music and much more. Life has been pretty sweet.
Additionally, I’ve had several Skype sessions with an amazing therapist from the Pain Psychology Center (link: http://www.painpsychologycenter.com). It’s so incredibly refreshing to work with a therapist who wholeheartedly believes that I can decrease, and perhaps eventually eliminate, the pain. I’m so happy to announce that the pain has decreased and I’m able to spend more and more time out of bed and participate in more and more activities. I’m filled with hopes and dreams for the future and I’ve learned to sit back, enjoy the journey, and find things to be grateful for each and every day. My quality of life has improved drastically, and I look forward to the future, while trying to fully appreciate the present and how far I’ve come.