Managing emotions/thoughts whilst waiting for test results
So am a fit and active person, youngish (early 40s) who has been living with fairly high levels of chronic pain for 5 years. As far as I knew it was non specific unexplained pain. (I've watched Lorimer Mosely so well aware pain without damage is totally possible) So I have just been been following all the general guidance around managing and living well with pain.
When I moved my new GP wanted to run some additional tests to rule out a few things. I just expected those to come back clear. But I have had the first test results back (got a text message) and it suggests arthritis, but that test on its own doesn't really tell me very much. There are actually quite a few possible things it could mean including potentially nothing at all. Until I have my other tests back which is going to be a couple of months I think I shouldn't really read too much into it and need to just carry on as normal, stay positive, keep being as active as I can etc.
However this is easier said than done! I am finding myself constantly thinking about what those tests might mean, what implications that has in terms of future treatment etc. So any advice about how to distract myself and not think about it too much? I guess this must be a pretty common experience? (No speculating about results please, that's why I have been deliberately vague in sharing my actual test results)
I have only got this information a couple of days ago so maybe it will get easier once that information doesn't feel quite so new.
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