Any site can be confusing. Try the Step-by-Step Approach on the right side of the page.
If this is your first time on the site and you feel overwhelmed with pain, I would suggest you start on The Daily Program. (First time computer user?Move the mouse until the arrow is over blue Daily Program and click.) You could also try the section Stress Anxiety PTSD and even Complex PTSD.
A physical injury causes trauma to your body. Pain lights up the Survival part of your brain. Here is an explanation of the effects of trauma on your brain.
Improving pain is a difficult journey. Pain causes immense stress and this makes pain worse. Take a look at the video below which shows just how much stress affects pain. Hover your computer mouse over the arrow and click the arrow to watch the video. Best medical care comes with great communication with your health care provide. This program can help you explain your pain to your pain team.
Chronic pain comes from the body but the brain is the part that “feels” pain. Much of the pain we experience, physical and emotional, stems from the area of the brain, called the Limbic System.
Are we losing our way in medicine?
Medicine is more than pharmacy. Are we spending our dollars on the end point of medicine – the complications of diseases that have preventable causes?
Linn Getz has a wonderful lecture you can view under Articles and Talks
She talks about Molecular Medicine – Where the body is seen as a machine (Bio-) and Meaning and Experience – Psycho-Social Medicine – Humanistic Sciences.
Biology – We can develop pain because of our genes or because of diseases and injuries. Western medicine focuses very much on the biology of disease.
Psychosocial Medicine? Our environment and our interactions with ourselves and others influences health tremendously. You will notice I spend much of my time on stress and disease. How we cope with our pain – emotional and physical – and how we interact with our environment affects us and those around us.
Our environment is especially important in our childhood. Sometimes our mother or father may have stress, illness, or other issues that make their ability to meet all your needs impossible or very difficult. This is most often through no fault of their own. Usually struggling parents have had difficult childhoods themselves. The cycle of pain is transferred from generation to generation. Nadine Burke Harris has an excellent video on the effect of trauma on health. The same harmful effects can be seen on trauma in adulthood.
If you are interested in complex trauma and stress, have a look at my link, Stress, Anxiety, and PTSD.
I do mention opioids. Because of the opioid crisis there are patients in severe pain who may be suffering because of restrictions in pain medications. Healthcare providers are having a difficult time working around new guidelines. Let’s all work together. We must listen to each other. Use your voice. There are forms to speak to your healthcare provider.
Conversations About Pain are Important. Please remember to be mindful and respectful. People suffering with chronic pain are often overwhelmed and traumatized. They may even have chronic pain because of past deep seated traumas. You can help by being kind.
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