If you have chronic pain, you’ve been feeling nagged by some part of your body for about 3 (long) months1. Your doctor may have diagnosed you with something, or s/he may not have been able to identify any specific cause.
Either way, this pain is negatively affecting your life, and you’re tired of it.
The perception of pain as a subjective, individual experience has traditionally been viewed as an obstacle to healing chronic pain conditions2. And this is partly true: no one is more familiar with your pain than YOU.
This intimacy presents you with a unique OPPORTUNITY and POWER to work with your pain in ways other people simply cannot.
If you’re not exploring how YOUR experience of pain affects all the layers of your system–including your mind, breath, emotions, and body–or you’re not a playing an active role in your treatment, it will be hard to achieve lasting relief. You need more than doctors, tests, and medications to truly heal.
I’ve experienced pain so bad that I couldn’t walk, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t sit. And I’ve helped many people living with chronic pain feel better. There’s nothing more I’d like to do than help you heal yourself, so you get relief when and where you need it.
Ask yourself in this moment:
- What would it be like to let go of feeling angry, anxious, and/or depressed about your pain?
- What would it feel like to get back out there and participate in activities you used to enjoy?
- What would it be like to feel comfortable and get better rest each night?
- What would it feel like to have tools to help you reduce painful sensations, beyond medications and strenuous exercise routines?
- What would it be like to stop plowing through pain, only to find your body rebelling more the next day?
If you’ve been:
- Experiencing pain from a specific injury or the pain has crept up on you over time with no apparent cause
- Given pain medications you don’t experience lasting relief from, or worry about the side effects of– including digestive upset, fatigue, breathing difficulties, potential for addiction, etc3.
- Frustrated that your health care team is no longer hearing you, communicating with each other, or taking a serious toll on your already waning energy and your wallet, then:
In 2015 the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) reported that "nearly 50 million American adults have significant chronic pain or severe pain.4"
Let's make it one less.
- Chronic Pain: Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment, NIH Medline Plus, Spring 2011 Issue: Volume 6 Number 1 Page 5-6.
- Individual Differences in the Subjective Experience of Pain: New Insights into Mechanisms and Models, Robert C. Coghill, Ph.D., PMC 2011 Oct 1.
- Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone for Pain Relief by Kimberly Holland, April 2015.
- NIH Study Shows Prevalence of Chronic or Severe Pain in U.S. Adults by Chuck Weber, American Pain Society, August, 2015.