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Pain and Depression

One of the things that drives me to want to see multi-intervention Resource Centers for chronic pain sufferers and recovering sufferers is that depression is so often a partner with pain. It is well documented that chronic pain sufferers often spiral into depression creating a much more complicated health situation compounding their diseases and treatments.
The professional communities solutions of surgery, physical therapy and medications are only a portion of the answers. Patients need to feel supported through their journey. And that may require several resources. Such as:

A “Pain Pal”, someone who has been there and understands how pain can undermine your life.
Healing mind body therapies like healing touch, massage and cranial sacral to help reintegrate your body parts.
Stimulating activities, like art and writing workshops, that teach new skills to keep your mind engaged and take the focus off the pain.
Adaptive yoga and exercise programs that keep muscles engaged and strong, but do not aggravate the pain.
Pain management counseling to assure that the pain is kept in check and does not overwhelm the individual.

The following is a link to a Health Blog that has a formal discussion about depression and states that women are twice as likely to suffer a depression than men. It also lists several posts that deal with examining interventions like massage therapy, homeopathy, and what current research reflects.

Health Blog

My prayer is that those of us who understand the complexities of pain keep dialoguing with peers and professionals so that we can broaden our understanding of “pain” from the inside out.  And that we can improve the amount of available interventions for all those on this journey. Be well.

Pain Body

I had a brief conversation with a local physical therapist, Kelly, tonight after yoga.  She complemented me on how well I was doing in class. I never feel that I am, but the yoga instructor, Rebekah,  also a physical therapist, does an outstanding job of showing me how to modify positions.

I said that I felt something like yoga exercises should be a mandatory part of the healing process after prolonged chronic pain and surgery. She agreed, and said that anyone who has lived in a painful body has learned things they cannot do. And they need to be shown that they CAN do more things, but need to learn or understand that.

To me this drives home the point that surgery and physical therapy are only a portion of the healing tools  necessary for successful chronic pain recovery. And that activities like yoga, which I never imagined myself being able to do, are capable of being adapted for special circumstances and serve to reintegrate our mind and body for improved health and lifestyle.

I would love to hear  comments about your experiences or thoughts on this.