These days remind me that genuine pain management is somewhere in my future. I've always known this; my old neck and back injuries have been around for years, and they don't get better with time.
I'm grateful that I've found NSAIDs that mostly keep the pain under control. It has allowed me to postpone thinking about the inevitable day when I have to start considering pain meds.
Today is one of those days when the NSAIDs aren't doing enough. It's muscle tension from driving in the horrific rain yesterday, and it's pulling the already damaged parts of my neck, shoulder, and back in all sorts of unnatural directions. It hurts.
Narcotic pain meds would not be a relapse today. They would be considered medically necessary. I'm just trying to make it through this day without them.
If I can do that, I can delay thinking about the inevitable for a little while longer.