Use this list to start the New Year and consciously reduce your pain.
Trust that they work. There is a reason that you’ve probably heard most of these suggestions. Why? Because they consistently help!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
If this is your season of celebration, please take a moment for your own self-care.
What can you do during this potentially busy season?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
Do you have to keep doing all the holiday traditions?
What is most important?
Is it your family? Is it your friends? Buying presents? Wrapping presents? Stuffing stockings? Decorating? Cooking? Cleaning? Caring for the emotional health of everyone else?Read More
I am in several online support groups for Trigeminal Neuralgia and Occipital and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia. I have learned so much about these conditions, what gives relief, and what procedures have been successful for others because I joined five years ago.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
I recently had brain surgery to cure Trigeminal, Occipital and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia.
My husband and I had the luxury of going to the beautiful Oregon Coast for five days just before my procedure. The night before, we went to the Oregon Symphony with my parents, sisters, and brothers-in-law to listen to Motown songs. I was feeling the ocean and hearing the toe-tapping tunes as I rolled into surgery.
I highly recommend if you have an operation coming up, do something you adore the week before or at least the night before. Your recovery will be smoother. It’s science.Read More
During a very loud and claustrophobic MRI and angiogram of my brain’s blood vessels, I used self-hypnosis to stay still for an hour. Especially after the tech closed the cage over my face and said, “Try not to move your head.”Read More