The Struggle Is Real

Rodney Brazier
2 min readMar 3, 2021

I took a break the last part of December of 2020 for the holidays. I had every intention of getting back into the swing of things the first part of January of 2021. Little did I know my body had other plans, especially my right ankle.

I’ve briefly discussed how I’m doing physically online recently. I really haven’t gotten into the juicy details though, okay they’re really not that juicy. I’ll get into the details in this post.

I’m so glad January of 2021 is in the rear view mirror now. I haven’t experienced pain like I felt at that time since after my last knee surgery. I was a shell of myself, just sitting on our couch holding my head in my right hand in pain. The pain would wake me up in the middle of the night, and made my eyes water just sitting.

I saw a new pain management specialist at the start of February. At that time, I found out opioids don’t help with nerve pain. My prior pain management specialist had me on an opioid for two years knowing I have nerve pain. The new pain management specialist immediately took me off the opioid, and prescribed a couple things that at least make the pain tolerable.

I had an appointment with my primary care physician in February as well. He put me in a boot temporarily and ordered x-rays on my right ankle. Fortunately, the x-rays showed no sign of a fracture. He wants to put me in a smaller and less cumbersome boot.

This isn’t about pity or sympathy, I’m simply telling my story. I empathize with the millions of people out there who deal with chronic pain and disabilities. I understand the struggle can be very real at times. I hope you find solace in the fact that you are not alone.

I truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my post. Please stay safe out there. Take care of yourself, and your loved ones as well.

Rodney Brazier

I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a child. I love to tell stories that people relate to and enjoy while talking about real-life situations.