Chronic Pain

things I never heard from my pain specialists.. doctors and pain psychologists/// Why????

chronic pain differs from acute pain; unlike acute pain, chronic pain doesn’t represent harm.

Pain has to go through the mind: the anterior cingulate cortex, which registers pain’s unpleasant character.”

simply becoming mindful of one’s emotional response to pain decreases its unpleasantness and improves functioning, and because meditation had been shown to reduce the unpleasantness of acute pain by almost 60 percent (making meditation by some measures superior even to morphine)

Pain is like the wind, invisible, powerful, mysterious. It was hard to battle an invisible foe. Inside the 15-person chronic pain group, I was a member of, all feared their pain.

I did not fear my pain, my childhood and athletic skills were familiar with pain on a daily basis. In a competitive action, I named my pain Mr. P., like Mr.C. in “Happy Days”.

Now my pain had physical properties and a name. Out hiking I envisioned Mr. P. Trying to stop my legs from moving. The battle was engaged full force.

In three weeks, this aerobic battle had compressed my chronic pain, shrunk my suffering, and made the pain a gentler companion.

Research shows, for example, that how we interpret the meaning of pain has a dramatic impact on our ability to tolerate it.

No one ever told me, that throwing away my opioids, and undertaking intense aerobic exercise till exhaustion would transform my pain.

No one informed me that any attention I gave my pain would increase it.

No one ever imagined pain could be impacted, diminished, changed, and altered for me.

After the operations, nerve killings, and meds, after the doctors handed my body back over to me, I was left with enough pain to ruin my existence.

My pain has changed from dominating my life with suffering to annoyance (I do not suffer now).

Bringing my pain out to play while exercising, altered my relationship with it. Now I know that this change happened in the anterior cingulate cortex area of the brain.

Aerobic exercise, meditation, and attitude can devour a big portion of your suffering/

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rick Appleton on February 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Everything in this article is true! I personally witnessed Marty go through this. My name is Rick and I was in the same pain management group when I met Marty and he can a test to the fact that I was close to death! A lot closer then I am today. Let me explain…
    I have had 5 back surgery’s. I have a Med. Pump implanted in me which was maxed out feeding me Dilotded 24 hours a day and a spinal cord stimulator implanted in me and at the time I was taking Morphine,Percocet pulse Soma nothing helped the pain! I wanted to die! I thought my life was over. I was only 34 when I got hurt at work and after 8 years of uncertainty and the thought of not being able to provide for my family I was at my end! I met Marty in my pain management group and I saw someone who had a way out! I started to walk more and stop felling sorry for myself and realized there is more to life and I cant give up! Now I’m 51 years old, Marty and I still keep in touch even though I live in TX. now. I visit with him every time I get back home. I am now doing some Acting in films and enjoying life with out all the drugs.
    Thanks Marty


  2. Thanks Rick. I am amazed at what you have accomplished and how far it is possible to reach. Happiness does have a geographical spot, it exists inside and your attitude. The mind is plastic and can grow and build new neural connections. Also left and right mid frontal cortex’s of the brain can link and grow the actual physical connection.

    Again, Rick you have come far and found a life beyond what you expected possible. It starts with a step and trying. It is how you finish. All we have to do is try and that is a little part of happiness right there. May take a while to look back and know that but trying changes us.

    Try it. haha

  3. Posted by sharpword on April 15, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Hi Marty I’m Hubert. I just read your post here I fully identify with you and Rick i have had Chronic Fibromyalgia since age 8.. I too was raised in a mean and often violent home,certainly violent towards myself… Not to go on at all here. I have posted several blog posts regarding rejection and invisibility on my site ‘sharpword’ you are all welcome to visit, predominately my blog is about faith in Jesus Christ he alone has been my stay and comfort throughout the torturous last 8 years. The reason I responded to your post though is to offer something else I found to help with Chronic pain and sleeplessness, It’s called Binaural Beats, If you chose to try them they are harmless but you need headphones and a quiet place to listen, just before bed.

    Y/T Hu

  4. Posted by jennifertemp on September 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Two years later even more powerful – speechless.

  5. Yes, it helps in many situations, unless there are long-term degenerative spinal anamolies/pathologies/un-addressed birth defects, such as scolosis present. Mindfulness,relaxation techniques & meditation can only help in the moment, i.e., to get some sleep. When you wake up, the pain is still there & will always be there. After 30 years of it, one would much rather have some stem cells for a life worth living. Everyone suffers from pain at times, but there are many who’s issues cannot be ‘cured’ by any methods, medical or otherwise. If you’ve been in an accident & got your body back in shape, kudos to you! If you’re overweight & get back in shape, ditto. If you’re suffering from congenital defects & are over the age of 50…hope you’re a millionaire, coz $ is what it takes to get any real help.

  6. Ok, binary beats, isn’t that part of EMDR treatment.

    Kathie Gregory, meditation and aerobic exercise can change chronic pain not just momentarily decrease it.

    You can change that pain as it passes through your brain/mind.

    For me Kathie, I threw away my pills, walked until my pain made me cry, then turned the music up and walked for another 15 minutes.

    I added that my pain was my opponent, antagonist, and wanted to stop me from moving my legs.

    I gained many things doing this, famililiarity with pain was one. Secreting of my own endorphins another. The ability to go at my pain, summon it, then take it out to play condensed it.

    Meditation/mindfulness then enables me to not give it any attention unless working out with it.

  7. Posted by kelly on June 19, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I am excited to be here and read so many stories. thank you for telling me about this

  8. Posted by kelly on July 27, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I also suffer from chronic pain and now allow my meditation to fun through my body. I am believing in the healing of my own body and i am witnessing relief i never thought possible. I am thankful i got injured because i never would have learned to rewire my mind and have peace and joy in my life.

  9. I was in a car accident last June. I had continued issues so in February I had an MRI. My doctor told me I had a torn disc and my back was a ticking time bomb. My pain level went through the roof. Every movement I worried I was doing more damage. I stopped doing the exercise I loved because he said it was too risky.
    I had signed up for a clinic with a traveling PT from Austrailia. His expertise seemed to be low back/hip, so I asked for a consult. He explained, and another PT who also lifts like I do, that my MRI results weren’t abnormal for someone my age and that he felt my pain was actually being caused by my uncertainty and worry and a brain that had become sensitized to anything in that region. He encouraged me to start moving again. I did. The more I move, the less it hurts. I’m amazed!

  10. Posted by Connie on October 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    I have SEVERE pain in my Lumbar region, legs, feet, buttocks and neck 24/7. I am on an opioid which scarcely touches the pain. I am on a muscle relaxer and anti-depressant and a bi-polar ( lowest dose “they say” will help me sleep at night) medications. I’ve lived with this pain 21 years after I broke my back from falling down stairs. Surgeries, nerve block injections, nerves burnt, learning how to walk again, a spinal cord stimulator.

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  12. CBD’s have proven to have pain relief properties with few side effects

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