During the last ten years since my diagnosis I have found myself losing interest in hobbies more and more.
Has anyone else lost interest in things that they used to enjoy due to their chronic pain?
Yep! As the years go by, even the things you love most to do seem to go by the wayside. My hobby/passion was metal detecting along with many other outdoor activities. The last 3 years without pain management has been horrible. It used to be, that I would try to do whatever I could and deal with the pain as it progressed. Now, without pain meds to help with the pain, I don’t push the issue. I know that if I don’t get back into pain management/pain meds my future is bleak. The last year and a half of family issues, vehicle break downs and my wife getting diagnosed with colon cancer just before Christmas, has been very trying. I had to take some money out of my retirement to pay the bills etc. It’s pretty bad when your spouse after colon cancer surgery gets around better than you do.😱 Thankfully it was stage one with no chemo or radiation after the surgery but it’s cancer. You never feel 100% safe after it enters your life. A colonoscopy in a few months will help with that. It’s time to get my shit straight and do whatever it takes to get my life back. I’m not gonna keep being depressed because of pain. Hopefully I can go to a PM doctor and get control of my pain. Either that or I’ll be starting up a poppy plantation!😱😀🤯🤯🤯 Good luck to all in whatever you do. May you all have some pain free time with no depression. I’m so tired of politics and self righteous people interfering with private individual’s healthcare.
Yes. Some of that is also from depression. I've lost interest in a lot of things, but I'm trying to push myself. I loved to read, cook, crochet and talk to people. My ability to concentrate isn't what it used to be and I'm distracted too easily. The PAIN from the RA in my hands make crocheting difficult, but I promised my daughter an afghan, so I'm working on it little by little. I love real books but have a Kindle now so that I can make the print larger and not as heavy as the big books I liked to read. My vision is affected by the Plaquinol that I have to take for complications of RA, but it effects my vision. That's all depressing!! 😔 I've learned to sit as much as I can when cooking because of back pain.
That was a very long answer to an easy question! I hope that it helps you know that you're not alone with this problem. Gentle hugs.
@A MyChronicPainTeam Member I have to say most definitely yes! Since all the pain developed a few years ago I don't get to play the sports I used to love doing, and even playing guitar has become difficult due to the pain and stiffness in my hands, but I keep doing as much as possible, though it has been limited, I still do my best to keep doing the things I once did, but maybe just not as hard or as long as I used to. God bless everyone, Ron S.
We all are just finding our way if you think about it Lawrence. Would I give up all the past 6 years to get rid of the pain I'm in 24/7? Like a shot! Would I go back to the night of the accident and disembowel the consultant that told me it was just peripheral nerve pain and I'd be fine in 4-6 weeks? Pass me the knife to gut him with! The job I had before the accident I enjoyed, maybe I'd have lost it all the same or maybe I wouldn't. I felt betrayed when that happened especially when 2 days after my last day I was having my spine operated on and none of the ungrateful people I called colleagues even bothered to come visit.
Kindle 10 eh? I've got a Fire 7 myself, actually I have 2 but I dropped one so the screen cracked. If you want my books on a kindle compatible format I've done that too, for the first 2 books anyway. I quite like the text-to-speech on the Kindle, my books sound good when it's an Australian female reading it.
Well whatever help I can offer. I've been using Linux as my OS since 2006 on and off, I switched completely after 2014 and frankly not looked back. My work I even get to show trainees how to setup a Linux computer and install it as a webserver, the fun then comes when they try to harden it against potential security threats. The last one set himself a 64 character password to encrypt the hard disk...then forgot it so he couldn't even boot the computer. But like I said I'm the Linux guy, the other guy there is a Windows network engineer, now I'm potentially moving towards penetration testing so I'm having to get to grips with Kali linux and the tools there just blow my mind. Parrot, the other major security suite, has a tool that can hack a car's management system! But unless you know the tools that can be racked against you how can you know how to fight them?