While neuropathy can be a symptom, like burning pain in the feet, it can also be a larger cause of illness, as in my diagnosis of autonomic neuropathy.
But what does this mean?
Con: This means that my feet don’t sweat, and I’m either too hot or too cold most of the day. The evenings are often bad enough that if I don’t use a heating pad, my legs and feet ache from the cold.
Pro: I can walk in the creek before anyone else and stay in for much longer because I can’t quite feel my feet and lower legs.
Con: I have trouble with balance because I can’t quite feel my feet.
Pro: I don’t have to shave my legs as often because of poor circulation.
Con: Because of poor circulation, if I cut my leg, it takes months to heal.
Con: I have to urinate a lot more than the average person.
Pro: I know where ALL the bathrooms are located.
Con: I get pain that feels like it’s in the bone.
Pro: I get sweet massages from my husband because it helps the pain.
Con: My fingers fall asleep a lot.
Pro: I rarely feel it if I burn my fingers on hot food, and people like it when I touch them with my cool fingertips in the summer.
Pro: I have a medical reason to take my shoes off whenever I need to cool down.
Con: In the heat, I can’t walk far.
Pro: When it’s hot, I get in the creek or the river.
Con: My heart doesn’t pump properly.
Pro: Modern pharmaceuticals have reversed the worst of the damage.
Con: My blood pressure is too low.
Pro: I’ll be tired, but I’ll probably live forever.
Con: My heart rate is too high.
Pro: The medication that controls my heart rate (after insurance) costs less than $5.
Con: My eyes get dry and blurry without medicine.
Pro: I’m really, really good at using eye drops.
Con: I have to exercise or I get worse fast.
Pro: I got a discount on my gym membership since it’s medically necessary.
What are some of the pros and cons of your chronic illness?