Living with chronic pain is a reality for many people. The first step that doctors usually take for those people is to prescribe medication such as morphine, tramadol or codeine. Often the side effects of the drugs are harsh, and the person can be left feeling frustrated or depressed. The medication can cause nausea, hallucinations and lethargy, and it can also cause insomnia. Sleep deprivation is massively damaging to the human psyche. Medication can significantly lower your overall quality of life. Imagine not being able to concentrate on a book anymore! Worst of all, the human body begins to build a tolerance to the medication, and this can prevent it from working properly. Therefore, the patient will feel the pain whether they are taking medication or not. A doctor may increase the dosage, or perhaps prescribe something stronger. However, it is not the way forward and there are other options.
Your mind is your strongest ally in the fight against chronic pain. If you are able to have a strong hold of your own mind, then you will be one step closer to natural healing. It will not be easy, and it does take a lot of dedication. If you are unable to reset your mind alone there are many options out there for you, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Pain Management Clinics. This depends entirely on whether you prefer to do it on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group. Positive thinking really can affect the way your brain relates to the pain you feel. A good way to begin this is to keep a diary and write three positive things that have happened to you that day. Soon you will begin to look for the positive things in life more than the negative, and this will in turn retrain your brain to a more optimistic outlook. A book I strongly recommend is The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. The book teaches different techniques to dealing with everyday life.
Exercise is important to reduce pain. Whatever you can do, do it. Work at it. Believe in yourself. Yoga is a really good way to develop and rebuild your body after severe trauma. Over time you will begin to feel improvements. There are many specialist exercises that are tailored to your needs that are available online. You could also be assigned a physical therapist. Without the use of medication and with the help of exercise, over time your body will begin to build a tolerance to the pain you feel. It will not go away completely, but it will be a shadow of its former self, which is easier to live with. There are YouTube videos that dedicate yoga to different aspects of the body. I would highly recommend Yoga with Adriene. The instructor herself used to suffer with back pain. I personally used her videos for my own recovery.
When I was nineteen years old I was involved in a major car accident. I broke my neck, damaged my entire back, severely sprained my left ankle, and damaged my right ankle and both of my knees. It was the result of a dangerous driver crashing into my mother’s car, and I was the passenger. We are both incredibly lucky to be alive, and although the recovery has been hard, I have seen that it is all about the mind-set. I used yoga, meditation, pilates, and strengthening exercises to rebuild my body. I went from being unable to physically get out of bed due to pain, to being fit and active again. New people who meet me would never know that I live with chronic pain. Like I have said, it may never go away, but it will become more tolerable.
Dealing head on with your chronic pain will make it easier for you to gain more control over your own life. You can either let your pain control you and hold you back, or you can choose to do something about it. There are many people who have used the strength of their own mind to improve dramatically. You can be one of them!
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