The question seems ridiculous at first....."Whaddaya mean how do I think and feel in the context of pain? I hate it! I want it to go away!"
Perfectly normal response to an abnormal situation. (aka pain).
But what if it's chronic pain, and it doesn't go away?
Turns out that what you think, feel and do has a HUGE influence on how you experience pain. This is what the science is showing us.
We all know that our brains change over time. Grandma is more forgetful than her 5 year old grandson Billy, for instance. But did you know that if you have chronic pain, that can also change your brain? Not just that it can lead to things like depression, but literally change the wiring in your brain? Those changes actually increase your perception of pain. Dammit!
And did you also know that you can do something about it? Yeah, I mean you. Not your doctor. You. And what you do about it can change your brain....and decrease your pain levels.
I know.....you've tried everything and nothing works. And now your doctor is afraid of prescribing the opioids that have always worked for you, because of the opioid "epidemic". But you're not a drug addict, and all you want is pain relief!
So what do you do about chronic pain? Your job is to change your brain. And this means that you will have to take the reins and do the work. It's not simple. It's work. And just like going to the gym, it's not something that happens quickly. I mean, if you want to get buff, you don't expect overnight results, do you?
So start with the first step. It might be something that you already do, in which case, you might want to change the amount of time you spend doing it. And remember this is just the first step. I'll talk about others in future posts. So what's that step?
There have been more studies than I can mention that show that meditation reduces inflammation. If you've got pain, you've got inflammation, which is making it worse. So if you haven't included meditation in your pain management program, then it's time to start. If you have and you don't feel it's doing the trick.....try adding another 15 minutes to your meditation.
If you don't know how to meditate....don't know where to start and want some help, shoot me an email. I'll send you a quick start guide to meditation.
And if you want a PDF I created on the 3 biggest mistakes people with chronic pain make, you can click here. It's free.