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  1. The road from feeling pain to “I need a joint replacement, like yesterday!” is long and winding.
  2. Somedays you feel like giving up on finding a solution, while other days you can almost taste a pain-free life.
  3. The thought (or act) of taking prescription pain meds was scarier than you thought.
  4. You and your medical team have had a roller coaster relationship–sometimes you want to kiss your doctor while other times you feel like they just don’t get it. 
  5. Everyday, you rank your pain on a scale of 1 to 10 in your head.
  6. Sometimes you just can’t muster up the mental and physical strength to do the things you love to do.
  7. You’ve spent more time “googling” joint pain and treatments that you care to admit.
  8. The thought of joint replacement surgery is panic-inducing but the thought of living with chronic pain is infinitely worse.
  9. The people you’ve met in Facebook groups or other joint replacement forums are the only ones who truly get how you feel. 
  10. You wouldn’t wish joint pain on your worst enemy but sometimes you wish those closest to you knew what you were going through.
  11. As much as you can’t wait to be pain-free, a teeny, tiny part of you is anxious about life after joint pain.
  12. Dealing with chronic pain often feels like you’re taking one step forward and then two steps back.
  13. If you’ve had surgery, you’re scar kind of makes your feel badass.
  14. Even when your chronic pain is gone (whether permanently or temporarily) you still have anxiety about movements that used to cause you pain.
  15. If you opted for injections you either: wanted the temporary relief to last WAY longer or felt no relief at all. “I was pain free from my injection for longer than expected”–said no one…ever.

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