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Pain – Manage It Before It Debilitates You

Pain. There can be nothing worse than persistent chronic pain. Pain that never goes away. Pain that you have to live with every single second of your life. Pain.

I don’t need to tell you about the impact of pain on your life – the things you can’t do anymore, whether it be washing the dishes, putting on your clothes, walking to the corner shop for the daily newspaper, or having a restful night’s sleep. You know the impact pain has on your relationships with others, the feelings of being worthless and useless, of simply wishing it would all end. You expected to have a normal life, and if at 90 years of age you had a few aches and pains, well so be it. But, you certainly didn’t expect THIS PAIN.

The medications are ineffective or provide only minimal relief, the opioids – well you feel you are addicted to them, and the low-level laser therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has not helped either.

So what can you do?

Do not give up …… DO NOT GIVE UP.

Consider researching, and trying (with your treating doctor’s consent) the following non-pharmacological strategies that some have found helpful:

Healthy lifestyle habits – involving diet, adequate sleep, exercise, and weight control
Relaxation
Practice Mindfulness
Hot or cold packs
Prayer or meditation
Massage
Training in pain management
Stress Reduction strategies
Cognitive Therapy (CT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Problem Solving

Get the family to buy you a copy of ‘Manage Your Pain’ by Dr. M. Nicholas, or a season ticket to the heated pool at your local aquatic centre, or Google www.paintoolkit.org and down load a free copy of ‘The Pain Toolkit.’ There is a very useful list of website links for support and information in The Pain Toolkit.

Lastly, consider making an appointment with a psychologist of your choice to assist in your pain management, and ponder the following quote from Henri Nouwen.

‘When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.’

Yours on the journey together,

Roger.