pain and cerebral palsy



Recently, I have had a lot of questions about cerebral palsy and if it causes pain. I find this a difficult question to answer because cerebral palsy impacts every person differently. This post by its nature than can only speak to my own experiences and the impacts of this subject in my life. I want to start by saying: I want people to understand that there are things about cerebral palsy that can cause pain but it isn’t what I would consider a painful condition.

I have written about the most painful part of my cerebral palsy and that I would have to say is the two orthopedic surgeries I have had in my life time the first when I was probably around four and this was a surgery to lengthen my tendons and quite literally make it easier for me to sit. As the young child that I was I was unprepared, (even though people had tried to prepare me) for the post-operative pain. As from that same surgery and being as young as I was I had no concept of the fact that a cast would leave me immobile and that scared me. My hip surgery when I was 11 was a huge source of pain before the actual surgery.

Sure, those are obvious sources of pain a byproduct of my cerebral palsy.  But I want to write more about day to day sources of pain. I deal with tight muscles regularly and this can cause some pain. This is mainly an issue for me in the winter because if I don’t maintain warmth internally I end up with tight muscles. I wear the warmest clothes I can find in the winter and limit the length of time I am out doors in winter also.

Does cerebral palsy cause you pain?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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