I believe an important part of effective chronic pain management is understanding everything you can about your pain and then learning some effective tools that will allow you to respond in an appropriate way so that you can improve the quality of life. Whenever you experience pain, it is always appropriate to ask: “What is my pain trying to tell me?” Remember, pain is trying to tell you that something is wrong, that you should find out exactly what it is, and find a way to address it—not mask it.
Our pain system is a crucial component of our makeup and essential to our ongoing survival. Could you imagine how bad it could get if we didn’t have pain receptors and kept putting ourselves in situations that could seriously damage our body? Imagine that you’re in the kitchen talking on the phone and you put your hand down on a hot burner. Without pain receptors your first indication that something was wrong would be your flesh burning.
Knowledge is Power
To effectively manage a pain condition it is important that you understand exactly what is going on with your body. When you are in pain you experience both physical and psychological symptoms. To understand the language of pain, you must learn to listen to how the pain echoes and reverberates between the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of your human condition. Pain is truly a total human experience that affects all aspects of human functioning.
Personal empowerment is the best—and only—way out
When you are in pain for a long period of time you can begin feeling victimized by your pain. You hate your pain. You want to escape from your pain and are willing to do anything to obtain relief. Unfortunately, the way out for many people leads to self-defeating behaviors, including abusing pain medication.
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