I'm new to this forum and looking at many of the posts. I'm recovering from a disc hernia, which happened 1/15/09. Was on crutches, sever pain, in bed pretty much all of the time, etc. Getting better now, though I've exhausted all conservative treatments (hence, that's why I'm poking around here). Still in bed about 15-18 hrs per day, but getting less pain, so things are improving.
But here's my question: what effect do you think setting goals has on pain?
When things were really bad a few months ago I set myself a goal of launching a web site (not going to reveal the name, less you think this is an ad for it) -- and I think having that goal, which was a big goal for me, really helped out.
The one think it did was keep me focused on something else besides laying in bed thinking about my back. True, I was laying in bed most of the day anyway, which sucked (and still does), but tackling the pain was my main objective. And I wanted to do that by focusing on the future on something I could do, and something I cared about.
I'm interested if someone else has had similar relief through focusing on a specific set of goals?