Our Words and Chronic Pain

“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.

The truth is even with all the work with my words and thoughts when my brain starts firing nerve pain, it takes root in my mind. And I start again to remove it.

I absolutely understand reducing how much time I talk about my many health issues. I’ve even found myself saying, “I’m so sick of talking about me. Please, oh please, tell me about you. What have you done for fun lately?’

One of my long-time girlfriends understands this. She lives in Las Vegas, NV and I live in Portland, OR. We have distinctly different weather so during our monthly call, we will often talk about the weather first. She allows me to ask all about her life and her daughter before our conversation turns to my health.

What expectations have you set with your loved ones, your inner circle of friends and your family about talking to you about your illness? You might want to figure this out and make changes for the new year.

Watching our words can lead to a greater reduction in pain. It’s science!


Gail Sinclair, Master Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, & Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher works diligently to teach others how to work through the 7 Stages of Chronic Pain and Learn How to Thrive™. She lives with Trigeminal & Occipital Neuralgia, Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis, & Fibromyalgia and continues to learn tools to turn her attention away from the persistent pain of her body.

You can reach her at thrive@gailsinclair.com or at www.gailsinclair.com. Click here to contact her. 

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