My pain receives as little recognition as possible. My pain does not harbor harmful emotions or intent towards me. Pain is faceless, odorless and invisible like the wind.
Archive for the ‘Chronic Pain’ Category
From what I have read, practiced and witnessed, healing does not bless spectators at all. No matter whose are or how smart we think we are, life can not be lived as a spectator. Well, not with any substance or happiness.
What is holding you back from committing to 15 minutes a day? I have heard so many excuses for not taking action. It doesn’t matter if you have a reason, facts dictate you will not improve.
C-PTSD grows with spectators until agoraphobia enters our space. Avoidance leads to this end. Do you avoid unpleasant and only go where you feel safe. chasing pleasure Ida prescription for disaster.
What scares you from practicing a little focus daily?
As I see it, we suffer if we stay still. The road to suffering and fear..
A soldier with an amputated leg is described here in this excerpt of this article:
And he was in excruciating pain — in the leg he no longer had.
Dr. Jack Tsao, a Navy neurologist with the Uniform Services University, was looking for ways to help soldiers like Paupore. He remembered reading in graduate school a paper by Dr. V.S. Ramachandran that talked about an unusual treatment for amputees suffering “phantom limb pain,” using a simple $20 mirror.
The mirror tricks the brain into “seeing” the amputated leg, overriding mismatched nerve signals.
Here’s how it works: The patient sits on a flat surface with his or her remaining leg straight out and then puts a 6-foot mirror lengthwise facing the limb. The patient moves the leg, flexing it, and watches the movement in the mirror. The reflection creates the illusion of two legs moving together.
Paupore was one of the first to give it a try. At first, he was skeptical. When approached about joining a clinical trial at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to test Tsao’s theory, he declined. But sometimes his phantom pains were coming five to six times an hour and lasting up to a minute.
“I was laying in bed and it just, all of a sudden, it felt like I was getting shocked,” he said. “I called the nurse, ’cause I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ ” The nurse told him, “This is probably your phantom pain.”
Tsao explains it this way: “It’s the sensation that the limb is still present, and phantom pain in particular is the sensation that the limb is experiencing pain of some form.”
That pain is intense, and often medication brings very little relief. For Paupore, it was relentless.
More about pain from Time Magazine:
“Chronic pain really is a disease of the central nervous system,” says Borsook. “As such, it is a disease that affects the sensory, emotional, motivational, cognitive and modulatory pathways. And the more we understand in particular the emotional pathways, the more we begin to understand that the traditional way we approach patients in pain may need to be revised.”
Borsook is convinced that psychiatrists, who have a good understanding of the brain changes caused by mental illness, can provide insights into how best to exploit them. Patients with depression or anxiety, for example, often report a higher incidence of chronic pain, and their discomfort rises as their depression worsens. In addition, the opioid-based response to pain loops in the same reward and motivational systems that reinforce behaviors like addiction. Treat the depression and you may break the entire pathological cycle.
From this TIME.com article on chronic pain:
First, the biology: Pain is actually an intricate interplay along neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord. The body produces natural painkillers like serotonin, norepinephrine and opioid-like chemicals. Chronic pain is any pain that persists beyond the usual healing period. Continuous or intermittent, it can consume all aspects of a person’s life.
Second, the numbers: Chronic pain is one of the costliest health problems in the U.S., with an estimated annual price tag of close to $50 billion. Lower-back pain is by far the most common complaint, affecting 70% to 85% of adults at some point and leaving 7 million either partially or severely disabled. Lower-back pain accounts for 93 million workdays lost every year and consumes over $5 billion in health care costs. Arthritis pain affects 40 million Americans, and 45 million suffer from chronic headaches.
I have a new relationship with pain since a disabling car wreck. I thought my happy and healthy life was over after the collision. I spent my days with doctors, needles, pain killers and a lot of fear. Life was suffering. The chronic pain group I entered quickly began to reinforce the pain. We got together and told each other how miserable life was the previous week.
I found myself heading south with no way out. You will probably face this same decision if you are going to thrive again.
Yes, you can stand up and face your pain alone and find ways to minimize it, both physically and mentally.
Sit quietly and follow your pain and feel everything about it. Know the intensity, duration, pulse, beat, color, and where it settles inside of you.
Pain is a body function and can only hurt you when it reaches a certain level. Chronic pain can be minimized and then compressed at times. You can improve your quality of life.
How do we cope, manage or thrive? Thoughts can be very enticing. Resisting the judgmental thoughts helps to stay present and protect us. We lose our connection with the present moment when we engage the delusion.
What helps heal it?
Attention directed inward will help. Small moments. Experiencing the present moment is what it’s all about.
If you are being treated for chronic pain with this tool, use it to develop your willpower and mastery over pain. Raise the intensity of the stimulus machine slowly. Enter the range where the current is uncomfortable and starting to activate your muscles.
Then, raise it till you feel pain or unpleasantness. Use enough stimulus that you tense up and begin to try to escape it. Stop there.
Now, practice focus. Calm yourself. No real harm or danger exists in this practice. It’s not going to get worse. You have control over the stimulus. It is your will against the stimulus. Pain is the unpleasant response.
Practice this ability and use it with pain and PTSD.