This is a Really Real Mental Health Post.
I still hurt today. I woke up feeling like my hip had let up, but as the day has gone on, it has gotten worse and worse.
Now I’m back to not being able to get comfortable, and feeling like I’m going to cry.
I emailed my doctor and asked her if she’d send me for imaging without an office visit. It seems dumb to go in just to have her say “We need Xrays and if that doesn’t show anything we need an MRI.”
But I said this was a mental health post.
I feel defeated.
I’ve been doing really well with going back to the gym and walking almost every night and today I went to the gym and I feel like I’m paying for it.
The gym is a necessary component of my self care. It is a necessary component of my mental health care, right up there with meds and therapy. And right now this hip pain is threatening my ability to access the gym.
I’m also catastrophizing a lot which isn’t helping me deal with the pain as it is right now. I’m so used to being dismissed when I talk to doctors about my pain, that I’m already seeing a scenario where I have to learn to live around this intense pain. I’m already imagining what life will be like if this has to become my new normal.
I mean, I just went through this with back pain. They sent me to a few months of physical therapy, no imaging was done, and when that didn’t help I was told it was just back pain, it was normal, especially in someone my size, and I’d just have to learn to deal with it. Keep going to the gym, keep doing what I’m doing. It’s all that can be done, really.
I’m just a fat crazy woman who is exaggerating.
And even writing this I feel like I’m whining.
But I feel defeated. I don’t even know what’s wrong and I’d almost rather lay down and die then go fight the doctors to get proper treatment that I know I won’t get anyway.
Pain definitely takes a toll on my mental health. I’m tired of it.