Tasers, Metaphors and Chronic Pain

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.

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Scan your body to reduce chronic pain

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.

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Chronic Pain and the Silver Linings

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!”

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Flares and Chronic Pain

The recent flare was gone…

As I opened my eyes this morning, I knew the recent flare was gone. The low burning and ache that is always with me was still there, but the last three day’s assault to my body and psyche had dissipated.

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I am not ill. I just have chronic pain.

“The problem with complaining about your health is that it tends to draw us to the actual experience of illness…” A complaint Free World

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Is Your Chronic Pain Permanent and Incurable?

Permanent and incurable

“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.

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You Did Not Attract Your Chronic Pain

You did not ask for this. You did not attract this. You owe no karmic debt.

You simply have chronic pain. Do not add more punishment to what you are already going through or allow others to chastise you with their words.

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Feelings of Danger in Me Increases Chronic Pain

Pain increases with thoughts of anxiety and fear

Decrease your pain by reducing anxiety or fear.

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Chronic Pain and Float Tanks

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what is a float tank!

It is typically a soundproof and lightproof tank. No sound. No music. No interruptions. No talking. No phones. No technology. You are alone in silence.

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Thrive with Chronic Pain

Who Can Thrive?

After I got diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, I could not imagine how I would thrive with chronic pain. I have had so pain diagnoses over the years, that it seemed like too much to manage.

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