Neuropathy | Last Active: Aug 16, 2018 | Replies (30)
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You did mention falling, and you might want to consider a physical therapy evaluation to see if anything is out of place in your body that might be contributing to your pain. Does your doctor think that your medications could have any side effects contributing to your symptoms? From my own personal experience, the best way for me to confront fear was to embrace it and learn why I was afraid. You are doing the right things to be thorough in your quest. We can't control what we don't understand, and education goes a long way toward calming fear of the unknown. Understand that it's a journey, and even baby steps are progress toward your goal. Keeping a journal would help your doctors understand how your symptoms change over time and if they are related to any of your activities. As humans, we are wired so that stressful things get our attention first, and just realizing this can help you let go of it. Fear also increases pain. Mayo has 2 great books (which I bought for myself) by Dr. Soot that might help, and I found them fascinating. The "Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress Free Living", and the "Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness." I had worked out my own personal routines to confront my own fears, and reading these books explained why that worked for me. I was a surgical patient and I learned how to calmly accept what I needed to do to help my doctors help me. I hope this helps you in your journey.