Does Chronic Pain Control You?

How do you Heal?

Back pain.

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?

Stop fighting with yourself in those moments to be someone other than who you are. Take the time to acknowledge how you feel. Use up all your curse words. Take a mental health day and lick your wounds.

Admit When Chronic Pain Controls You

Do what you need to do to release the anger and the grief that comes with persistent pain. Accept that not every day is an upbeat day. Then start again.

“There’s a difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.” Vio Quenn

Body Scan

Seeing inside the body when doing a body scan.

Does it feel like every area of your body hurts? Then close your eyes. Scan your entire body and look for places with no pain. It might be your ear or a fingernail. Place your focus on those pain-free areas and be grateful. Your body will relax, which reduces pain.

“Healing does not mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls you.” Akshay Dubay

If your pain and diagnoses are new, grieve your loss. If you’re having a cruddy day, allow your feelings, and move on. Search the internet for upbeat quotes that make your mind and body sing. Get help if you need it.

Please feel free to use the “9 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Chronic Pain in 2020” that I posted in January. 

Use simple pain management tools that help you get unstuck. Go to my Pain Management Tools page for numerous ideas.

Let me know how I may support you. Hugs!

Gail Sinclair's photo.

Gail Sinclair, MHt, CNC is a hypnotherapist who helps those living with chronic pain go from discomfort to thriving by using hypnosis, pain management tools and resources.

She is a Master Hypnotherapist, Nutritional Consultant, and a Reiki Master Teacher. She has over 20 years in healing work and is an international award-winning speaker.

Gail lives in Portland, OR with her delightful husband, son, and cat. She can be found cooking, knitting, writing, and figuring out new ways to thrive with Trigeminal, and Occipital Neuralgia.

You can reach her at

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