Chronic Pain vs. Going Out

Yesterday I woke up in awful pain. 

We’re talking 12/10 type of pain here. 

Even after taking Advil, along with my Gabapentin, I was still in awful pain. I sucked it up and took a Naproxen. 

I never take Naproxen. 

Around the time I took the Naproxen, it was time to take my second round of Gabapentin. 

Let me just tell you, do not mix those two together. 

Yes, I wasn’t in that much pain anymore. But boy did I feel crazy. I felt as if the world was spinning and couldn’t stop it. 

So please, don’t mix Gabapentin and Naproxen. 

Later that day, my friend came to pick me up- my pain came back. 

God. I hate my pain. 

But I smiled and we went back to her house. 

Around 6:00 pm I had to take my THIRD dose of Gabapentin (which always takes a little while to kick in) and we left to go see a show. 

Boy, I haven’t sat still that long in ages. 

Midway through the show my medicine kicked in, and was I an emotional mess or what!?

But I held everything in and I was ready to leave. 

Although after walking up four stairs, I was ready to break. The pain started caving in on me and I had to hold back the tears as I looked at my best friend with an ‘I’m okay, I got this’ look on my face. 

I had finally reached the top and people were ready to talk to me with smiles on their faces. 

A friend of mine talked about how she was so proud of how far I’ve come and that I’m even gonna be in an upcoming musical. 

At this point, I saw another friend standing next to someone, so we went over to talk. After finding out she ALSO has Lyme Disease & Co., we started comparing medicines and doctors and everything. 

But when she stated that she recently went into a relapse, I burst into tears. I couldn’t help it. 

I began to explain to her how I understand her pain and how sorry I felt. I went on about how I knew how hard it is to even get out of bed in the morning. 

I have never met anyone else, in person, with the same problems as me. 

It was very eye opening. 

This just showed me how common it is to run into someone with LD. 

This showed me how much of a problem it’s becoming.

(Also, I’m an emotional reck) 

 Over all, I ended up having a fun night with my friends and my pain went away. I think crying it out helped a ton. 

Just remember, know your limits of your pain. You know your body more than anyone else. If your body says no, you say no. 

4 thoughts on “Chronic Pain vs. Going Out

  1. Emily Kate says:

    It was so incredible to meet someone who knows EXACTLY what I’m going through, catheter and all. I have friends/family who are compassionate about my disease, but it’s a whole different ball game when someone can say, “I’ve been there.” Keep fighting, girl. Trust me when I say I know just how strong you are and I can’t wait to see you play Lucy!

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    • Sarabeth Rose says:

      Emily, it was so nice meeting you. Thank you so much for showing me that I’m not alone in this. People say things like “I understand” and all, but when I hear it from someone who actually means it, I can’t help but cry. Thank you❤️


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