12 point plan for chronic pain
Although I do support the notion of having a plan and even b and c, chronic pain does not conform to the norms of improvement, and as we all know it is generally one step forward, and many back on some occasions.
The attack approach of my newbie days have been subsumed by a more calm overall strategy and we all need to work out what works for us rather than the collective. We presume that if we cannot achieve the projected status we are in some form not working hard enough and that is incorrect.
Most chronic pain patients over perform, which is evidence of what we can do, the condition itself drives us to excel at our maximum capacity and we are all capable of subtle changes to target more effectively selected goals rather than the everything now strategy I once had. However hard we try we will never be the manifestation of our previous self, age itself limits our feasible capacity as our heads define an unachievable historic capability. Reality makes us laugh at trying and it is in the belief that we could achieve where the nuances of improvement are most valid. The exercise thread here is testament to what can be achieved from a graduated start, and looking back our current performance may have seemed unachievable at the start and here we all are moving forward, we should acknowledge the progress we have made even while in pain, the benefits of activity never dull the pain itself, and still we continue unabated.
1. Get a good diagnosis
2. Use your anger in a positive way
3. Ask for help in you need it.
4. Pace well and monitor what works for you
5. Encourage and support positive behaviour
6. Be kind to yourself and others
My residential PM never reduced my pain and they never said it would, it has helped me cope more effectively and set more realistic and attainable goals, I have had to accept an array of limitations and live an alternative imposed lifestyle. I do not have the full version and this should be an individual plan that works for you, as time goes by our overall list will change and the notion of a finite list is more of an expectation than reality.
What’s in your plan and what have you learned from it.
Take care John