Chronic pain afflicts more people than we might realize, but we often feel that we need to mask our aching back, straining neck, and sore joints from others and pretend like we are not in pain. However, this method can be more damaging than helpful – researchers of chronic pain suggest that for many, our obsession with different methods of treating and hiding pain may be maintaining the hypersensitivity that underlies chronic pain. Suggestions to accept the pain, meditate and focus on internal cues like breathing, and to let go of our pain-reduction strategies may seem ridiculous, but pain can often be a result of simply worrying too much about it.
- Medevac’ed from a post in Thailand, a diplomat sought pain management treatment at the Mayo Clinic
- With no physical cause for his pain found, treatment involved accepting his brain was misinterpreting his pain.
- After three years of using the meditation techniques taught the chronic pain is a shadow that follows the sufferer rather than debilitates him.
“Studies have shown, for example, that people can develop a general hypersensitivity to pain after an injury — a condition called central sensitization — that can persist long after the injury has healed”