isabella (@isabella) 8 years, 6 months ago

I was diagnosed with a chronic pain disease 2 years ago, after 8 months of doctors not knowing why I was sick all the time. I was diagnosed with something called Interstitial Cystitis, and I’ve found that my HighExistence is one of the best pain killers, opposed to all the drugs the doc’s try to give me.

Which brings me to my topic for this discussion: how do you guys deal with severe pain? If you have never had to deal with it, do you think you could? Do you find that it makes you stronger as a person that you can endure it or does it tend to debilitate you and make you feel weak?

May 30, 2013 at 7:20 am
Emma (193) (@emmaclaire) 8 years, 6 months ago ago

I have never had to deal with chronic severe pain before, but I guess I can tell you how I deal with more acute stuff. I think especially in your situation you are going to have to find a way to come to terms with it and accept it. Most people, when they are in pain, are just like “OW OW OW! Find a happy place! Oh my god where is the advil?!” But I have found it is best to do one of two things: either feel it, experience it, understand why it is happening and what it is doing to you. How is your body feeling exactly? Recognize it as your body’s response to something it doesn’t like. Pain is not your enemy, it is just the messenger that tells you something is wrong. Recognize it is there, really allow yourself to feel it, then set it aside.

The other is to just completely ignore it and keep doing what you’re doing. A lot of times I will run into tables, cut myself on accident, etc. and, days later, will find a huge bruise or something and wonder how it got there. I guess with this I am recognizing that my current task is the most important and give it all my focus, but I do this automatically without thinking it through.

Pain is a human experience that is meant to be felt sometimes, along with the positive things. If there were no negative things then life would be mundane and the positive things would be meaningless. In your case unfortunately it looks like you feel pain a lot (I don’t completely understand your condition) but just try to be content with your current condition and don’t let it get to you too much if you can help it. Easier said than done.

Looking back at your topic, I don’t know if this is the response you were looking for but I hope it helps. I recognize I’m very lucky that I haven’t had anything severe. I wish you the best. Please don’t let it debilitate you! And take it easy on the pain meds, They can be addicting!

Ghostlight (38) (@imtheghostlight) 8 years, 6 months ago ago

@isabella, How I deal with it (I have chronic pain in my shoulder due to excessive injury) is I just feel the pain, isolate it and tell myself that I can acknowledge that it’s there without it actually being a part of me, or have an effect on my mood or actions. I kind of mindblock it if that makes sense. Good feelings don’t exist without bad ones!

Anonymous (145) (@) 8 years, 6 months ago ago

@isabella, i recommend that you research cold showers because i have read that cold showers reduce aches and pains.

Anonymous (21) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@isabella, I feel the same way. I call it my spirituality. It helps me cope and understand it. If you’d like some details, Ive posted my story on a thread by chadbeland, who’s been having a headache for 3 years. No medications or treatment ever worked. The root is psychological. Not sure if thats your case. But I’m sure detaching from it helps. Pain is defense mechanism. If the cause wont go away (for whatever reason), we tend to emotionally attach to it. That’s how I feel at least. But in such cases (somatization).. what will really make it go away is dealing with whats causing it

Hope it helps even 5 months later.

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@garreto, The truth is you just learn to live with it. After that it may go away or it won’t, you just made yourself more durable.

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