I have never been ashamed to admit that I've needed counselling before. To be honest, I'd think it was pretty strange if someone was diagnosed with incurable chronic pain and didn't feel depressed, or scared, or something along those lines.
I'm aware that everyone's circumstances are different and all scans will be different, but I've complied a small list of top tips to maybe give anyone a bit of help preparing for a brain MRI..
When my GP first suggested I attend my local pain clinic, I wasn't sure what to expect, so I went scouring the Internet and couldn't find much information there either. I hate the unknown, so I thought I'd write a little about my experiences, so if you're reading this and you don't know what to expect from visiting a pain clinic, hopefully a little information from me will comfort you.
I get the worst 'brain fog' in the world. Sometimes, my mind just won't co-operate with the rest of me! I get it both from the medication and from simply being in pain. I could possibly call it 'pain fog'!
I was just scrolling through Facebook this morning, when I came across a post advertising jobs for air staff for a particular airline and all the comments were about how it was so sexist and ridiculous that in this day and age, ladies are told they need to wear make up in certain jobs and it got me thinking about my own experiences with this.
I love to read! I spend a lot of my time snuggled up on my sofa with a book, or my kindle. I don't always have a lot of energy, so reading is an amazing escape for me. Sometimes, I'm in Waterstones and I find myself literally trying to sell a book to someone, recommending reads as if I work there!
I'm not here to claim my pain is worse than anyone else's, or that I know better. I hope your pain isn't worse than mine, I hope you're not struggling like I am, but I'm okay if you 'win' this one. I don't mind how mine pain compares to anyone else's. In fact, your pain is worse than mine.