5 thoughts on “How Pain Ate My Brain

  • December 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for this post. I’ve experienced what seems like a similar brain blockage while dealing with chronic migraines.

  • December 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I have deep sympathy for people with migraines. Terrible. Do you meditate?

  • February 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I was so glad to come across this. I have just had surgery to get a toe put back in place that had been completely dislocated for almost 3 months.

    The toe became dislocated after a stabilisation surgery that involved cutting and securing the ligament around the base of the toe. The toe itself had been very loose in the joint and painful as a result of a collapsing arch and bunion, and the surgery was initially on the bunion as well as the 2nd and 3rd toes.

    It was successful on the bunion and 2nd toe, but the 3rd toe just would not heal. The pain was immense, but the cause, I.e. the dislocation, was not visible on x-rays and the swelling made it hard to tell what the issue was.

    After months of pain a CT scan was done that clearly showed the toe as sitting directly beneath the joint where it belonged. It was a relief at last to know what the issue was and that it could be fixed.

    As the toe had been held in the wrong place while the cut ligaments healed, relocating it required an osteotomy to shorten the metatarsalhead and a long pin to hold it in place for 6 weeks.

    The amazing thing is that even with the pin and bone surgery, I am in less pain a few days post-surgery than I was 2 weeks before with the dislocation. I had not realised just how much pain I had been coping with!

    • February 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      So glad you’ve had it fixed! My toe is still not all it once was and may never be, but the difference in quality of life is notable.

  • July 29, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Thank you for this post it helped me understand why i feel like the pain I endure daily has taken over every part of me. Nearly every part of my day is guided by the level of pain I’m feeling at that particular moment. In the last year,I have had two major surgeries on my sinuses both unsuccessful and creating more lifethreatening issues. The headaches are debilitating,worse than any migraine that i’ve ever had,permanent swelling in my face/cheeks that creates a pressure so intense my ears “clog up” which makes the headache worse. my head hurts so bad most days i feel like i cannot think straight,like i’m in a fog of some sort. Eating anything that requires alot of chewing is out of the question. the pain that comes from chewing is unbearable. i also have blockages in both sinus cavities in my cheeks again. Due to the fact that i contracted MRSA during my second surgery removing the blockages is too high risk.
    Some days start out with minimal pain,pressure,or headache. Ive learned that when this happens i need to get as much done as quickly as possible,in a matter of seconds an annoying ear pain can turn my world upside down.
    At least i now know that when i feel like i cant focus on anything but the pain that unfortunately is the case and what im feeling is real which,in a way,makes me feel a little better.


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