I am confused by some statements that I have heard about chronic pain and exercise.
1. Chronic pain does not mean that damage is being done. So how do I tell if I am causing more damage to my body if the pain is not an indicator?
2. Don't be afraid to move with pain, yet every PT that I have had says not to do any exercise if it causes pain?
3. Being afraid to move is increasing your pain. - I hurt when I move however I continue to move in spite of the pain. What does being afraid to move look like?
4. If exercise is not a problem why did the several of PT's that I've seen tell me to stop exercising until the pain went away?
I have been in constant pain now for 3 years. I have seen 7 Physical therapists (over 60 sessions total), 2 primary care doctors, 1 spinal surgeon and 2 physical rehabilitation doctors. I have tried the Alexander technique, the Pete Egoscue pain free method, feldenkrais movement awareness training, passive stretching, active stretching, core strengthening, trigger point massage. I am presently doing about 2 hours everyday of stretches and strengthening exercises. The meds that the doctors give have terrible side-effects, and have chewed up my stomach in the process.