My Journey to Find a Pain Doctor – Chronic Pain

Hi. I’m Kevin and I am a writer for

As I write this, I’m sitting on a couch, reclined, with my left leg crossed over my right so that my left thigh is completely off of the cushion. Why? Because I’m in tremendous pain and there’s not much I can do about it at the immediate moment.

“But Kevin, you obviously work for a pain clinic, why haven’t you sought out help?” you ask me hypothetically. Well, I’m embarrassed, and a little bit of a procrastinator. Part of me thinks that if I just hope that it will go away, it will. Or if I just wait it out, eventually it will fix itself. But it won’t, and eventually I’m going to have to bite the bullet and make an appointment.

I’ve spent months on this issue. It started with the occasional leg and thigh cramp, something I attributed to a low water intake or just too much time spent sitting at my desk. I upgraded my chair, but that didn’t really help. So to fix that, work on my posture a bit and try to lose some weight, I bought an adjustable standing desk. It wasn’t cheap, but now I can work either standing or sitting, which helps alleviate the pain in my leg, at least for short stretches of time. But even with that, I still find myself working from a couch to try to keep the pressure off the area.

Part of me is afraid of what the doctor will say. I suppose I’m like most men in that regard – too macho to admit they might have a flaw or too afraid of finding something severe is wrong with them. If it were my wife, she would’ve called. Me? Not so much.

I’m not a doctor, but I’m guessing it’s sciatica. I’ve written and/or edited enough documents about the subject to take an educated guess, but still, it’s just a hunch. I have no concrete data to back this up, and I won’t really know until I finally book an appointment.

I guess my point in all this is that you could be like me. Maybe you’ve been in pain for quite a while and you’re putting it off because of some silly reason. Whether it’s machismo or laziness, it’s not worth your time to keep putting it off indefinitely. I mean, who wants to live in pain forever? Not me, that’s for sure.

And with that, I’m off to schedule an appointment. Wish me luck.


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