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Bad Day Today

cropdusterccropduster Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello everyone! Today has not been a good day pain wise for me. As you can see from my info, I don't post much. However, today I am doing anything I can to get my mind off the aching pain in my lower back and the terrible pain in my hip and buttocks. I have a great Dr. and he does an incredible job with my treatment. Today, has just been terrible. Can't recall anyting that set it off or make it worse. Usually getting my laptop and reading threads, while icing my back, takes my mind off the pain. Today = no bueno. Anyways, the 3 minutes it took for me to type this post has actually helped a little. It is amazing the mind tricks you can play with yourself to help with pain. Hope everyone has a pain free day and thanks for listening to me whine.



  • It is suggested that we can only think of one thing at a time so concentrating on your typing for example fills that void where the thinking of pain would have been. We used relaxation techniques at our residential PM, I was initially very sceptical, but can now see the potential. The key is to keep your mind distanced from the constant pain we are in, if you listen to music or read anything, through trial and error find what works for you. Many here are in constant pain, so developing these and other tools is vital.

    This is CBT using the same behaviour when the pain increases does result in the same outcome, so we are going round in circles, not intentionally rather through lack of experience.

    My own flare-up strategy differs from normal chronic pain days, in theory it should be possible to extend that three minutes, I recently bought music from my younger days and play it very loud and allow myself to reflect and take my mind to another place, even if only temporarily, it does not change the underlying pain, only my perception of it.

    We should be proud of these achievements and build on that mental strength needed for the future.

    Take care. John

  • Hi crop :wave:

    I am so sorry for the rough time you are having.

    I hope you find relief for the pain or at least a way to keep your mind busy.

    When I have days like this I often give up and go to bed and watch TV ;)

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • I hope by the time you read this, the pain is lower again. It stuck having a lousy pain day. Especially if you can't figure out the trigger to avoid it in the future.

    Glad the post helped.
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