Often I get asked if cerebral palsy hurts. There are honestly two sides to this coin, and in this post I am going to do my best to answer both sides of the question as it relates to my own life.
Moments when it hurts
I think it’s different for every person, so I can only speak for myself here but I have noticed that weather impacts me greatly especially when it is winter and cold outside. Recently since my kidney failure I have wondered if my muscles hurt when my body is retaining fluid, this however is only my personal thoughts and not based in fact of any sort.
I get asked all the time if having cerebral palsy hurt; the answer is sometimes. It depends on how your cerebral palsy impacts you. Let me further explain, spasticity is honestly a pain no pun intended.
When it does not hurt
Again, this is only speaking to me and my experience with cerebral palsy. The main time I am aware of the spasticity is weather related in heat I feel great, I really should live in California or Florida or somewhere warm because I have very little if any discomfort from my cerebral palsy.
Although the solutions I am about to suggest have worked for me that does not mean that it will work for you so it’s a matter of trial and error here
A few ideas that have ended up working for me
- heat as in say sleeping with a hot water bottle in your bed can help your muscles relax
- this one seems odd to me but I have noted over the years that swimming actually helps relax my muscles making me more comfortable in the end
So I think it’s safe to say that sure there are physically uncomfortable but for the most part it’s not that annoying but I am curious if you feel the same about heat and swimming or if you have other suggestions, let’s talk about it in the comments below
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