a reply to: MrRCflying
Interesting, as it was almost as reading my own story. I am just recovering from an intense, almost seven weeks of pain, that thankfully lessened a
bit each week after the initial couple of weeks. My condition was not as serious as yours, it's not comparable at all, in fact, but it still did toss
me off my previous path in life, and was thus very useful.
Pain can be very useful spiritual teacher, forcing us off the wrong path in life, and returning us back to the correct one. It's also a very efficient
way to pay our karmic debts. We're not here just to do our own little projects or live just for our 'this incarnation's goals'. We have bigger, vaster
and longer goals than that, and pain helps us towards those, more real ones.
It sucks that we can't do what we want or are used to, or planned to do - however, we're doing something more important, so in the end, it will all be
good. All pain is temporary anyway - when the body dies, it releases us into a painless existence that we can enjoy for a long time before we have to
I can understand the sentiment, though, especially since my arm, shoulder, neck, wrist and back pain (all these pains simultaneously, but sometimes
fluctuating - as one pain might be bigger one day, then another would take its place, etc.) didn't seem like it would ever end. I can barely remember
what life was like before it, or when it started, and it feels like I have gone through quite the transformation, having been almost completely
different personality before the pain.
Pain can also be humbling, it can be a source of information about our body and energy pathways.
What helped me when nothing else did, besides, some natural herb medicine I got from natural foods store (organic foods store?), was a 'Yantra mat'.
I know that sounds a bit weird, but it's like 'self-induced, localized acupuncture' of sorts. Acupuncture usually helps, because it can not only
redirect/reroute the pain impulses (after all, information is energy in one form or another) and thus nullify them, but it can also help in healing
and dealing with the actual sources of the problem by removing 'energy blockages' and such that can cause pain or make the existing pain worse than it
would otherwise be, so it is almost like a 'body hack' in a way.
The interesting thing about the Yantra mat was, that if my arm was really painful, leaning my back against it would make the arm almost numb, and
pretty much pain-free, even though the small spikes were not touching the arm. I don't know if this would work for you, since your condition seems to
However, at least trying acunpuncture would be something like 'what have you got to lose?'-situation to me. It healed me many times, it even cured my
months-long insomnia with one treatment. After that one treatment, I have been able to sleep very well for decades.
If there's a 'physical malfunction', like something is seriously broken, I don't know what could help but helping the body heal (if possible).
I think I will have to struggle a bit with the remnants of my 'arm-pain' for the rest of this incarnation, but I can sleep and I can do most things I
would normally be able to do, so to me, it's now just a 'nuisance', nothing alarming or scary, but for awhile there, I couldn't sleep and I couldn't
even use a computer, let alone type.. that was really scary for a long time.
As a sidenote, the western, typical pain medication had zero effect for me as well, and I took two different kinds, maximum dosage. When that had gone
on for a week, I switched to the herbal, more natural medicine, and that seems to have helped more. Nothing took the pain completely off, but the
Yantra mat helped the most, I think. The greatest thing about that was that I could always customize where I put it and so on, so whichever part was
the most painful, I could apply the mat there, and got immediate relief - if only for there being 'another kind of pain' to contrast the
arm/shoulder/neck/etc. pain with.
I wish you good healing, and I hope acupuncture helps you, should you decide to accept this advice.