This is a mindset practice that may be helpful for you in managing chronic pain. Recently, I've been studying the concept of changing the focus from physical to psychological when it comes to overcoming pain.
Disclaimer: This is based on MY EXPERIENCE healing pain from injury.
I'm going to talk a little bit about how I plan to mitigate, and potentially overcome my chronic pain in 2023. As some background, I injured my back in 2018 and up until recently, exercise only served to exacerbate the pain. An idea of my specific challenges:
>Lower back pain(original injury was a bulged L5 disk). Right leg sciatica. Constant shoulder pull/injury in my right shoulder. Severe lower neck pain and severe headaches(assumedly from tensions).<
It is important to note that chronic pain is a complex condition that can have a variety of causes, and it is often best managed through a combination of approaches, including both physical and mental strategies.
Mindset exercises, such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT), may be helpful for you in addressing some of the aspects of chronic pain as it has for me. The philosophy that has really changed the game for me has been the 12 Daily reminders created by Dr. John E. Sarno.
Dr. John E. Sarno was a physician and author who developed the concept of "tension myositis syndrome" (TMS), which he believed was a significant cause of chronic pain, including back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
According to Sarno's theory, TMS is caused by repressed emotions and stress, and can be treated through a combination of education, awareness, and psychotherapy.
It is important to note that while TMS and Sarno's approach to managing chronic pain may be helpful for myself and others...
...there is admittedly limited scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of his strategies. My rule of thumb with any of this kind of stuff: EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT.
The best way to kill your confidence and give up on your healing journey is to read a blog post by some random guy, believe 100% that it will work for you, and then lose faith after a few days or even weeks of leveraging the philosophy but seeing minimal results.
Read this with an open mind. Applying this stuff has been a game changer for me, and my hope is that sharing it can provide you with some insight... especially if you've had similar experiences.
Again, I'm going to present these purely for your own interpretation. My new YouTube video goes deep on my interpretations, and I've linked that at the end.
Without further ado, ere are the 12 Daily reminders:
1. The pain is due to TMS, not to a structural abnormality
2. The direct reason for the pain is mild oxygen deprivation
3. TMS is a harmless condition caused by my repressed emotions
4. The principal emotion is my repressed ANGER
5. TMS exists only to distract my attentions from the emotions
6. Since my back (replace with whatever pain you’ve got) is basically normal there is nothing to fear
7. Therefore, physical activity is not dangerous
8. And I MUST resume all normal physical activity
9. I will not be concerned or intimidated by the pain
10. I will shift my attention from pain to the emotional issues
11. I intend to be in control-NOT my subconscious mind
12. I must think Psychological at all times, NOT physical.
My full rundown of how I'll actually be applying this stuff in 2023 with the goal of becoming fully pain free will be out on my YouTube channel in 2 days. Subscribe so you see it when it comes out: