The following views are my own opinions. I am not a medical professional!
After trying every drug cocktail imaginable and failing miserably I finally decided to give the pain psychology a try.
Some hear pain psychology and think not me, no way; my pain is not in my head. At least I did. Before I decided to give it a try I found myself saying, “I have tried everything.” Only when I was facing a huge surgery that I so did not want did I realize I had not tried EVERYTHING. Afterall, I'd been told, "It’s only pain. Sometimes pain can be overcome.”
Now I know you are thinking that sounds rather callous but I believe a few of the professionals that told me this were just being honest. There was no guarantee that I would be out of pain after surgery so if I can live with the pain before surgery…..
Fast forward to my acceptance of Pain Psychology. We started by working on some relaxation therapy. Let me just say, if you haven't experience some relaxation therapy I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! What have you got to lose? We try all these drugs and all their side effects why not give relaxation therapy a SERIOUS try. Add it to your arsenal of pain mgt techniques. The beauty of the relaxation therapy is NO SIDE EFFECTS, you CAN'T OVERDOSE and there is NO WITHDRAWAL.
Maybe because I've always had a good imagination but I find it very easy to get to "that place." I’m still working on the skill but I can honestly tell you there have been many times I have been able to use my new skill to take the edge off of, what would have been in the past, a full blown out of control flare up.
Recently I had to have a small in-office skin procedure done that required 5 small stitches. I decided to try and use my relaxation therapy during the procedure. Seriously, I never even felt the needle. At one point, we had been chatting and I asked the doctor how much longer. She said, “I am on the 5th stitch now.” 5th stitch? I seriously wasn't sure she had started.
Have I figured out how to keep myself in that state of mind? Man, if I could, I would bottle that up and make millions. But it has definitely gotten me through some tough time.
Between having an OPEN MIND, the books I have picked up, just thinking psychologically, and having a therapist I can work with, I AM LEARNING so many things in this new journey. The biggest thing I have learned is that I HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN about living with chronic pain. More than I could possibly describe in one post. Things about the guilt, acceptance, overdoing, our support systems, how our emotions affect our pain, the list goes on. Will this fix me structurally? NO! But I’ve already had 2 back surgeries so I pretty much already know there is no guarantee there.
I have committed to this for a while and if nothing else I’ll walk away having a better understanding of myself, Chronic Pain, and how to deal with the two together.
With all that learned so far, I still have no clue what section of the forums to post this in. Hmmmmm…..