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Pain or Suffering with chronic pain

Those of us in the Chronic Pain club know what we individually experience when we are conscious of our pain. But there is another sensation “suffering” that comes when we are self conscious of our pain. When we feel the pain of our pain. When we feel the loses, the accommodations and the special needs that arise as a result of our pain.

The suffering is easier to control because it is an emotional reaction to the pain. Seperating these two bedfellows can help make an unberable day a little more bearable. I often ask myself “So are you in pain or are you suffering from your pain?”.

How do you feel about pain and suffering? Are they able to be seperated?

Reconnecting Mind and Body

When something hurts, we want to eliminate it. As a child, my legs hurt a lot. I convinced myself that my life would be so much better if I could just cut my legs off and throw them away. So mentally, I know I did that. My self image existed from my waist up, I did not need or want my legs.

My hip replacement surgeries relieved me of my pain. But here was the tough part, convincing myself that my legs could now be my friend. How could I begin to love something that had hurt me so much? And how could I trust that they would not betray me again.

It has taken me a long time to search for these answers on how to reconnect. Things that have really helped  have  been alternative therapies: reiki, cranial-sacral, healing touch, acupuncture, meditation, body talk and others. I don’t claim to understand how they accomplish this goal, but I feel a difference. And for me I know I feel better because I care more about my whole body and its well being. And that I believe that I can do things, like mild yoga, that were out of reach previously.

I continue going to professionals for this healing. I accept that it has helped and I am thankful for the role it has played.

Have you had experiences with therapies that have assisted you in reconnecting painful body parts?