There have been a number of times that I’ve treated someone for a particular pain, and when they next come in they mention a different pain. “How’s the shoulder/knee/etc pain you came in for last time?” “Oh!” they’ll often say, “I forgot all about that!” It always makes me happy that folks can so thoroughly forget about pain they were in before; I had the same experience over the holidays.
I bought some new running shoes a few weeks ago, and after I took them out for the first time, I had a really jarring pain in kind of an odd place. At first I thought there was something in the shoe digging into the underside of my big toe, but the pain was still there when I walked around barefoot afterwards. I pressed into the bone and the tendon, and the pain didn’t show up there at all; there were no cuts or calluses on my big toe either. I limped around in pain for a day before I remembered that I’m an acupuncturist, and there’s something I could do about it!
When I had 15 minutes to spare, I swabbed the area with an alcohol wipe, popped in a few needles along the extent of the painful area, and used an e-stim machine to pass some electrical current along the bottom of the toe.
I had some things to take care of afterwards, so I promptly forgot about what previously I’d had to think about with every step.
It wasn’t till a few days later that I remembered, “Hey, what ever happened to that stabbing pain in my toe?” It’s been a few weeks and plenty more runs and it still hasn’t reared its head again.
Pain and health are funny things in that regard. Being healthy, for most of us, simply means that our bodies don’t insist themselves upon our attention when we’re trying to do other things. The luxury of health is that it allows us to put our attention where we want. Of course, it’s impossible to go through one’s life completely oblivious to the creaks and groans (and sometimes earthquakes) that our bodies are subject to. I’m just glad that there are options.