My chronic pain has made many things that I used to take for granted difficult. One of those things is "play" or leisure activities. We all know that this is an important aspect of a healthy and happy life, and yet I wonder- is this also a challenge for you? If so, how do you deal with it and how do you still "play" in your life? For me, I have severe neck and jaw pain, which impacts my ability to participate in leisure activities. For example, before I got hurt, I used to play soccer, ski (downhill, water, and cross country), skate, and jog- all things that I cannot do anymore. I look at my friends who are travelling- and I would do anything to travel to Europe- but cannot because I can't sit in the plane seats that long, and I cannot tolerate even a mildly bumpy landing of the plane. (A 6 hour plane ride to New England last summer just about killed me, figuratively speaking). Some of my friends are into scrapbooking or cardmaking- but I can't sit at a table and bend my neck (to look at the craft) for long periods of time. I'd love to go camping, but my neck flares up when I don't have a good bed (and lying on an airmatress in a cold tent doesn't really count as a good bed). I watch tv, read (lying down), write, and go out for coffee with friends for fun- but I'm bored! My adventerous, fun-loving spirit desperately craves more than my hurting body allows. I would do anything to be able to go kayaking, rock climbing, to back pack around Europe, or to ride a rollercoaster (or even a toboggan), but I just can't. Even if I couldn't do those adrennalin- rushing things again, I just wish I could find a hobby or other way to "play" and have fun. Help! Any ideas that you have would be so greatly appreciated?
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