Body Scanning is a great pain management tool. I originally learned it in physical therapy while being treated for fibromyalgia. The PT taught me to scan my body and to notice any areas of discomfort, aches, or pain. Elizabeth Scott, MS in her article Body Scan Meditation stated, “The goal is not to relieve the pain completely, but to get to know it and learn from it so you can better manage it.”
When you first begin, you are building the muscle memory of how to body scan. Then when you need it, you will easily be able to pull it forward.
Now do it quickly so that you can perform scanning throughout the day. Do not save this just for intense pain. Whenever you feel discomfort, scan your body.
Body scanning is excellent to do right before you go to sleep. You might even notice that you fall asleep faster, and who wouldn’t like that?Read More
Quick stress reduction tools are needed now more than ever during this time of a pandemic and local and global unrest. Has your pain increased over the last few months? Well, stress and pain go hand in hand.
The American Psychological Association’s article Stress Effects on the Body states: “Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness. For example, …migraine headaches are associated with chronic muscle tension in the area of the shoulders, neck, and head.Read More
To be healed does not equal to be cured when you have chronic pain because the chronic pain is persistent, incurable, and permanent.
But who doesn’t want to be free of all symptoms of a disease or a condition?
How much has it cost you physically and emotionally to NOT be healed?
If you are not cured of your chronic pain symptoms, does it mean you will never feel well?Read More
REDUCE MONTHLY MIGRAINES by 50% or more! After 50 years of headaches, I used an injectable medication for three months, and it reduced my migraines. In just three months! I want everyone who suffers to know about this exciting news.
Most medications are for use after the symptoms begin. Wouldn’t it be better to treat the cause and not have the headache start?Read More
I watched Jerry Seinfeld’s “23 Hours to Kill” on Netflix last night. He was speaking about phrases that he doesn’t like and the first one he said was, “It is what it is.”
My husband and I started laughing because I use it when people ask about my chronic pain.Read More
Weather and chronic pain go hand in hand. You may have heard someone say, “It’s going to rain tomorrow. I can feel it in my bones.”
“…barometric pressure is the measurement of air pressure in the atmosphere…” Read the Setra Systems blog to understand it from the scientific aspect.
Changes in barometric pressure affect many people with chronic pain. Weather and chronic pain work together.Read More
I used to have up to 100 goals a year and I completed them. I then created systems to work more efficiently so I could take on MORE while parenting, spending time with my husband, family, girlfriends and volunteering.
I loved goals. I had them created for 5, 10 and 20 years into the future.Read More
Does chronic pain control you? Do you have days where the damage exists and controls your thoughts? Are you depressed about the things you can no longer do? Is thriving is so far away from where you are that you can only imagine being controlled by your pain?Read More
Purple and pink crocuses dot the grass. Daffodils push up through the rain-soaked earth. The daphne’s fragrance permeates the air.
The next day I woke up to a light dusting of snow. Then a mighty deluge of Oregon rain for a few days. And yesterday the sun popped out. This all happened in one week.Read More
Look for words that uplift you
If you are having a day where your thoughts keep turning to your pain, search out other’s writing that uplifts you. Sometimes just reading another point of view, can pull you into a new place and reduce your discomfort.Read More
What tools are you using daily to help you with your pain?
Because chronic pain is so taxing on your mind and body, you need to take action to reduce it. You can look up how all the items on this list help reduce pain and you will find evidence-based proof. It’s science!
The New Year is a great time to update your existing list or build one for the first time.Read More
“Never own a disease. Reduce the amount of time you talk about it. Refuse to allow illness a place in your consciousness.” RawforBeauty.com
Every time I read this it stops me in my tracks just as pain can stop me. I think about this and work on it daily in order to thrive. When my symptoms flare, it’s as if the disease is working to find a place in my consciousness.Read More
Distraction is the most powerful analgesic because it helps you stop catastrophizing every ache and pain. “… it appears to involve competition for attention between a highly salient sensation (pain) and consciously directed focus on some other information processing activity.” How Does Distraction Work in the Management of Pain?Read More
Last month, I got to see two of my long-time girlfriends that I have known since 1997. You know. The kind that distance and time do not matter and when you get together it is as if no time has passed. This was not only good for my soul, but it was amazing how this visit distracted from my aches and pains.Read More
I retired from being me
At the beginning of the pain, I was just trying to get through each day. I went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with me while still living, working, volunteering, partnering, laughing and doing activities of daily life.Read More
You don’t have to do much searching on the Internet to find good pain resources for most diseases. Leaving the comfort of your home to find credible information and support is difficult if you are in the midst pain flares. What a gift to have this access at your fingertips.Read More
I have heard the following clichés during my years with chronic illnesses:
You attracted this for a reason. Think positive. Think happy thoughts. God never gives you more than you can handle. When one door closes another one opens. Your pain can be a blessing if you look at it from the right perspective.Read More
The Taser like pains raged through my head again. My medications seemed to be less effective as time passed with this permanent and incurable disease of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). I told others that it felt like a Taser was shot into my head. People with neuralgia pain will often use this descriptor. I certainly did. Still do. Yet I have never been tased.Read More
I was having lightening like stabs and jolts in the left side of my head, and jaw and eye and I automatically started scanning my body. This is a process I learned over 25 years ago when I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The goal was to notice what was happening in all areas, not just those that felt painful.Read More
My longtime friend was telling me about another procedure she had for her bladder. She spent the last few years dealing with the after effects of cancer and radiation.
She said with her usual good humor and sarcasm, “Well at least I have a family camping trip coming up. Silver linings!”Read More
“Can you accept that your pain is permanent and incurable?” asked my Acceptance and Commitment therapist during our second session.
Permanent and incurable? I felt the question in my gut. Heavy. Weighty. Dark. Sticky. As if a shadow had run across my whole being in that moment and landed in my gut.Read More