Reduce Your Pain

Thrive With Chronic Pain is your reduce your pain home. You will find easy to use tools and advice on how to reduce your pain. When you are in the midst of a flare, you need simple to use ideas, because you do not have the energy to do anything complicated.

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I am Gail Sinclair, a Master Hypnotherapist, Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher, and a Nutritional Consultant, and I live with chronic pain. Thrive With Chronic Pain was started because I found tips, tools, and big ideas that helped me, so I wanted to make them available to you.

A Passion for Sharing

A passion for sharing how to reduce your chronic pain.
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Sharing how to reduce your pain methods with you through my BlogsResources, and Pain Management Tools is my passion. This information can help you learn how to have a fulfilling life, even if you have chronic pain. I believe in kindness and compassion while supporting change.

My Diagnoses

I physically and emotionally understand what you may be going through because I live with the following chronic pain conditions:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia (TN)
  • Occipital neuralgia (ON)
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Celiac disease
  • Ulcerative pancolitis
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Vulvodynia

Reduce Your Pain Daily

Reduce your pain to feel calmer.
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Even though we may have different diagnoses, you still need help to reduce your pain to bring quality into your life. So, I am sharing what has helped me and others to feel better. Not cured, but able to get through each day with optimism for the future.

I Forgot how to Thrive

Help. I forgot how to thrive!
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I almost forgot I could thrive when I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), Occipital Neuralgia (ON), and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia which caused icepick like stabs, jolts, jabs, and burning sensations in my head, eye, jaw, molars. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons said, “Trigeminal neuralgia… sometimes is described as the most excruciating pain known to humanity.” 

reduce the pain. And then I remembered to watch my thoughts, that pain does not equal harm, and that I can choose how to live. And ever so slowly, I began to feel better.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Changed My Life Video

Here is a 5-minute video posted by the US Pain Foundation explaining how Trigeminal Neuralgia has affected my life.

Extreme pain caused by chronic pain.

Because of neuralgia pains, I became inconsistent with my schedule, and there were times I canceled clients as they were driving to my office. I stopped working with them until I understood this iteration of my body. I needed a new set of tools and ways of thinking that would help me get through the days.

Pain is Different for Everyone

The problem with persistent pain is that it is not the same for everyone. Accept that pain is not straightforward. It’s weird. No one thing that reduces pain works for everyone all the time, so you need a variety of tools in your chronic pain toolkit.

Pain Science to Reduce Your Pain

TThe new pain science proposes that all pain happens in the brain AND all pain is real. Lorimer Moseley and David Butler are on the cutting edge with this information. Google them and watch their YouTube videos to receive a deeper understanding of what is happening within you. Here is Lorimer Moseley’s TEDx on “Why Things Hurt.”  

Hypnosis to Reduce Your Pain

Hypnosis leading to relaxation.
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I used hypnosis for years to start all my client’s sessions to help them relax and noticed that most of them felt better at the end of each session. This feeling of comfort lasted for hours after our work together!!!

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral therapy. The basic premise is to accept your diagnosis. Then with mindfulness combine it with your commitment to action. This pairing ultimately improves the quality of your life. 

The first question my therapist asked me after we got to know each other was, “Can you accept that it’s permanent and incurable?” If you are like me, you may spend weeks/months pondering that statement until you can accept it. Psychology Today posted this article about ACT.

Graded Physical Activity

Doing graded movement by walking with a child.
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Physical activity is important for your psyche and body even though it feels counter-intuitive when you hurt. The idea is to start slowly moving. As you gain confidence in what your body can do, gradually increase it over time. This method works well with walking.

Action = Distraction

Creating an action list.
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Keep an action list.

Even if you are having an achy low energy day, it doesn’t mean that you stay in bed focused on your pain. Get out your list and find something easy to do. Your attention now focuses on the action and distracts you from how your body is feeling. For more information on this, read Distraction is the Most Powerful Analgesic.

My favorite actions right now are walking, lifting light weights, writing, needle-felting little critters, cooking, and reading. I can stand or sit dependent on how I feel.

Rain in the forest.
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I live in Portland, OR so, the weather vacillates wildly. This week we had rain, sun, snow, and hail all in one week. You already know that barometric pressure changes can wreak havoc on our bodies. I look forward to the steady summer days because of pain reduction.

I am Gail Sinclair, a Master Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, and Reiki Master teacher for over 20 years. I share information on how to reduce chronic persistent pain. Even though your diagnosis may be different than mine, I understand much of what you are going through.

I share pain management tools that can help change your thoughts about chronic pain and reduce it.

You CAN manage how you feel.


Email me if you need help at gail@thrivewithchronicpain.com or go to my Contact page.