Navigating through vs. Writing about Chronic Pain

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

July 17th, 2009 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

I haven’t blogged for a while because so much is going on, it’s nuts. Here are some of the experiences and concepts I have been going through or thinking about and that I will blog about ASAP:

  1. The dental drama getting my tooth drilled and crown fitted a couple of weeks ago, then going to get the permanent crown placed on my tooth.
  2. The confusing experience I had with a male body worker – leading to questions of where practitioners can cross the line of appropriate behavior, even (almost especially) if it happens on the subtle level.
  3. The socially awkward and irritating experience going to the beach with a guy who refused to take off his mirrored sunglasses, or discuss alternate options, even though he knew it was hurting my eyes to look at him.
  4. The Pause Principle: The struggle between wanting to move forward on a regimen and stopping to ensure safety with a given practitioner or procedure.
  5. The “Good Patient” syndrome, patient intimidation, and practitioner responsibility to create safe space
  6. Storytelling vs. Wallowing
  7. Balancing the competing demands on our lives, with limited energy reserves
  8. Revisioning Identity: Chronic pain, family exile, and other wrenches thrown in my life, and how they impact my sense of self and place in the world.


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