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Psychospiritual techniques for dealing with physical pain

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posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 03:36 AM
I'm in a lot of physical pain these days from a recent leg accident. The doc gave me some pain pills but as far as I'm concerned they are useless. Does anyone have any tips, links, etc. regarding spiritual/psycghological ways of coping with bodily pain (visualization techniques, types of prayer, meditation, whatever)?

I'm no stranger to physical of the things I learned years ago was that a good way to deal with physical pain is to "go into" the pain, psychologically. That is, rather than resisting, rejecting, or trying to ignore the pain, direct your mind TOWARDS the pain and "enter" it with your consciousness and attention. Once your focused consciousness stands within the center or "core" of the painful part of your body, it seems to help tremendously. This makes a certain amount of common sense, because essentially pain is the injured part of your body "calling out for attention" to your mind. When you give it that attention consciously, it seems to help and abate somewhat. But unfortunately, at least at my level of skill with this technique, the keyword is "somewhat."

Any other advice or links would be most appreciated.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 04:43 AM
I really have no way of knowing how to deal with constant pain unless you practice it for years and years. Obviously its mind over matter and pain is just your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. But of course our mind is programmed to make pain a bad thing and something hard to get off our minds, because our body is the most important thing we have. So unless you are a monk, or can somehow know how to release adrenaline through your body, you can only block out the pain for a little while before it comes back into your head.

Thats why long nagging injuries like a pulled muscle are so much worse, imo, than something like a broken bone. Because unless you can constantly focus on blocking out the pain, its going to come back. So just look for some other kind of medicine and fine the best thing that works.

[edit on 8-8-2009 by Nostradumbass]

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 05:21 AM
I've dealt with chronic pain since I about 12 years old, I really never knew what "normal" felt like since my first back surgery was when I was nine months old, had three after, then from the age of 12-22 I had over 40 operations on my foot to re align bones by breaking them and mending them back together both of those operations lead to massive infections and bone infections causing them to do tons of debridments of bone/muscle/skin to get rid of the infections.

I tried medications, no good first off all the do is make you NOT care that the pain is there plus the addiction factor and health risks.
Now that I am a substance abuse counselor I feel tons of empathy for those who deal with pain and use pain meds.

Anyway, first off what you need to do is get a chronic pain specialist and not just any one will do get one who is a certified Anesthesiologist as they can do many more things than your typical pain doc can.
There are many types of non narcotic injections that they can do into the area that is damaged or into the spine to localized nerve cells.
There's also many other things they can do that I am just not aware of.

Keep a pain log, every day write in a journal putting you over all pain at a scale from 0-10 note other factors about the day from weather to how much walking, activity you've done that day so you can see in a more simple way what triggers your pain and when you feel at your best.

Pamper yourself, pain can cause your entire body to ache even if it's in a localized area you because very tense causing your muscle to ache and be sore which can cause head aches, neck pain, eye pain, leg pain.

Take hot baths,get a massage,lay down and relax your body do the muscle relaxation technique of laying in a comfortable position, tense and relax every muscle in your body starting at your toes going up to your face and count to 4 breathing in and 3 breathing out.

One of the main things to remember about chronic pain is that we are never going to feel 100% normal it's a hard one to swallow but once we come to terms with that it will be much easier to handle BUT remember we as human living things deserve to have every right to find a base line that is tolerable to us we deserve to find a way to cope and live a satisfying life and not be prisoners to this so never stop asking doctors for new ways to cope it is their job to help you never allow them to say "just deal" or "mind over matter" that's not practical.

Also, chronic pain can be a lonely lonely place if you find that you chronic pain is having a psychological effect live depression or despair which it can often lead to you could find a support group for chronic pain in your area where you can talk to people who truly understand and have great advice, I myself don't go to these groups as I am younger and they tend to look at me like WTF haha, but it may be good for you.

Hopefully one day there will be a "cure" or something that can make us 100% right again but for now we just have to learn to manage it.

I hope some of this was helpful?
And if not I apologize for wasting your time haha.

I'm really sorry for what you are going through and my heart goes out to you and I hope you find something for you that works out.
Good Luck.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 09:18 PM
Thanks for your replies. I appreciate it.

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