When I say I am good

When people ask me how I am feeling 99% of the time I am lying. I often say ‘not bad’, because I feel it is slightly more honest than ‘good’ or ‘fine’. Got sick of fine. Anyway, I lie for many reasons.

I’m having a good pain day:

They happen and I’ll say that I’m good, fine, not bad. I even feel like I can accomplish great things… in moderation. In which case, relatively speaking, for Me I am not actually lying. This is a Good pain day, it is Not Bad for me and I am Fine with it.

I just don’t want to explain:

I just don’t want to explain how crappy I feel and in which way I mean. Because I am tired of it. I just want to deal with it, without having to discuss it, mention it or have any sympathy expressed about it. Because it can be complicated. It may be a migraine with specific symptoms. Maybe it is an FM flare though. Or both. And then I have to explain what it is because most people think my migraines are the main issue but I could be FM flaring like crazy or have severe allodynia. Also, I don’t really want or need sympathy. The ideas. The suggestions. I just want to get through the day.

I am straight-up lying:

I feel horrible, but I want to get through the day. It isn’t going to help me or you if I say how horrible I feel so I just lie, lie, lie. No one can do anything. I can’t even do anything. It isn’t going to help anyone and certainly not me to say how horrible the pain is, so I lie.

I just want to cope easier:

Sometimes it is easier to not talk about the pain and just cope with it. It is easier to smile and laugh and put on a facade to help myself cope. Dwelling on the pain, at all, ruins this mental game I have going on, that I need, to get through the day.

I don’t do this with family. I will tell them when the pain sucks balls. And half the time they can tell when it does. I feel freer to do so. I don’t have to over-explain. I don’t get all that sympathy business, just genuine caring for me personally. I don’t get weird advice. I also am at home and don’t have to ‘function’ through the pain. I can just be Me in pain.
Functioning through the pain takes a totally different mindset. I have to consciously not dwell on the pain. I have to try and keep my humour up because it helps with my mood and coping. I smile a lot because it literally tricks our brains into releasing happy hormones. I want to keep myself as free of my usual negativity as possible so I can cope with the amount of pain I am in and function through it. I want to deal with the stress of that as best I can with relaxation breathing and resting on my breaks. I try to maintain this atmosphere to trick myself into handling the pain well at work. Generally, I convince myself fairly well. And it doesn’t always work. It depends on the amount of pain. But I’ll lie to myself and I’ll lie to others to get through it.

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