- Why does pain exist? What function does it serve? Pain exists to protect us from injury and if injured, it protects us from further damage. [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”JxhvsX49dlQ” width=”640″ height=”480″ auto_thumb=”1″]
- What is the difference between acute and chronic pain? The only thing acute and chronic pain have in common is the word “pain”. Acute pain ends when the body heals and the need for the pain is gone. Chronic pain never ends–the alarm clock goes off and continues to buzz–it annoys, detracts from life, irritates, frustrates, and doesn’t go away.
- What influences pain?Culture, context, anticipation along with previous experiences and emotional and cognitive factors.
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- What part of pain is associated with emotions? What percentage of chronic pain is emotional? 80 percent or more of the experience of chronic pain is emotional. [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”5Y5baGjQKkE” width=”640″ height=”480″ auto_thumb=”1″]
- Why won’t the pain just go away? The brain and the nervous system has changed and they won’t change back–not that it can’t change back–therefore, single-lane road becomes four-lane highway, nerves are sensitized and their threshold for firing is lower, or they fire spontaneously and the nervous system’s ability to down-regulate or turn off the pain signal is diminished.
- What makes pain worse? Better? Pain intensifiers include fear, anger, sadness, loneliness, and guilt. Distraction, movement, breathing, relaxing, and accepting make pain better. [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”oGqOMEVdHus” width=”640″ height=”480″ auto_thumb=”1″]
- Will I ever be free of pain? Perhaps not free of pain, but certainly able to have less pain at times and to be better able to accept pain when it occurs. We often don’t notice the times when we get temporary relief from the pain if we are simply focused on how bad it is.
- Why do I have to do things that hurt in order to get better? The fear-avoidance cycle consists of not moving because it hurts. This results in being less able to move over time – movement causes more pain, and on and on. The solution is to move and stretch despite discomfort, because it yields lower pain levels via the improvements in mobility and self-efficacy. [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”rWBg6mpjOug” width=”640″ height=”480″ auto_thumb=”1″] [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”MCnu5-v33tQ” width=”640″ height=”480″ auto_thumb=”1″]
- How does chronic pain affect my family? As it affects every aspect of your life – chronic pain typically affects every aspect of your family’s: self esteem and self-worth, satisfaction with life, emotions, sense of well-being – they feel your pain!
- How can I get better from chronic pain? The first step in getting better is to let go of the desire/need to be pain free. Next becoming willing to see the emotional nature of your suffering is the way out for you. Working around the edges of the pain. Taking responsibility for your actions with respect to functioning and medication use.
- Why do I hold on to my pain? We hold on to our pain for a variety of reasons – these relate to secondary gain – typically unconscious drivers of our discomfort – subtle benefits that we achieve to drive us towards having more pain. These include not having to participate in activities, having an excuse to withdraw, allowing us to avoid emotions, justification for taking medications. [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”GHJDCk0N7RA” width=”640″ height=”480″ auto_thumb=”1″]
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