Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chronic Pain - Seven Simple Truths

Living every day in pain is a battle - a battle with injury, pain and the many ways that pain interferes with your daily life. If you have been hurt in a car or work accident, you may also have to do battle with insurers, employers and lawyers. At the same time, you are trying to keep your head above water and not drown in all of this stress.

Here are some simple ways to cope with these battles and to keep your chronic pains from completely taking over your life.

1. Chronic pain is real, not imagined. It is never “all in your head.”

2. You can’t get better until you stop getting worse. The first step is to recognize this pattern. Even by itself, this step can make a big difference.

3. When you go to war with pain, pain always wins. There are much better ways to gain control over your pain.

4. A simple flare-up formula: pain causes stress, which then causes more pain. If not stopped, the flare-up keeps building to a mountain of pain. The best way to decrease a flare-up is by reducing the aggravations that are feeding the fire.

5. For some people, coping with constant background pain is the easier part. Repeated flare-ups are what bring you down. Reducing flare-ups (and learning to avoid as many as you can) are the best ways to gain pain control and a speedy recovery.

6. If your benefits are cut off, recovery is over. When your losses escalate, it is almost impossible to gain the energy, strength, and pain tolerances necessary to move forward in your life. Make sure you work with your doctors and lawyers to protect your benefits.

7. Helplessness and anger can give pain the power to defeat you. They add fuel to the fire. But not all types of anger are harmful. Anger directed toward simple, achievable goals can give you a powerful boost toward recovery.

These ideas are expanded and detailed in Book Two of Unbelievable Pain Control: How to Heal and Recover from Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia. You can find out more information and helpful advice from

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