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This is a stressful time for people who take strong medicines for their pain. The withdrawal of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications and the more stringent, FDA-mandated warnings on all NSAIDS have created fear and confusion about what’s safe and effective for treating pain.
You may feel overwhelmed and confused. You may ask yourself, “What’s safe? What medications can I take? What can I do now that I can no longer take this medication? What things can I do to improve my quality of life?”
The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain and there are many organizations working to address this serious, life-altering, and profoundly difficult problem. Now, more than ever, is the time to educate yourself about your treatment options and empower yourself by doing what you can to care for yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
If you suffer from diagnosed chronic pain and are tired of having to increase your dosage while still not feeling complete relief, please give hypnotherapy a try. We have become such a society of “I want relief and I want it NOW”; that we have trained ourselves to expect to take a pill for whatever ails us. When are we going to say “enough is enough” and take back our bodies and our lives? Our subconscious mind controls the physical/psychological function of every part of the body with intelligence and the ability to produce what is needed in the correct dose at the right time without side effects!
We all know that pain does perform an important service. It serves as an early warning system that tells us that something is not right and you should find out what that is by getting a diagnosis. Pain is not the problem but a symptom.
Once you are diagnosed, your pain no longer serves any purpose. Unfortunately, your pain has not stopped. This is what is called “chronic pain”. It is this kind of pain that can be greatly reduced, if not eradicated completely, with hypnosis and Emotional Freedom Technique. While in the hypnotic state you will visualize your pain as some kind of object with a color and texture. You will then be asked to make this object bigger which will increase your discomfort and then smaller which will decrease your discomfort. By showing you that you are back in charge of your body, you can now take back control of your life.
Most doctors will tell you that the first line of defense in chronic pain sufferers is to exercise. Tell that to someone who has fibromyalgia or other chronic pain disorders. They can barely get out of bed let alone go for a walk. But exercise is what the body needs to release those wonderful pain fighting endorphins that make you feel amazingly good. So now you are part of that vicious circle that may chronic pain sufferers find themselves in. What do you do? First of all, get your physicians’ permission and start with simple stretches. You should stretch before even getting out of bed in the morning. We warm our cars up in cold weather but expect our bodies to go from 0-50 in seconds after being “shut off” all night. Shouldn’t we treat our bodies at least as well as we treat our cars?
Continue to stretch throughout your day. If you are sitting, whether driving or at a computer, you should stand up and stretch, if possible, every 30-45 minutes. Keeping your muscles warm and limber will go a long way toward making your days more bearable.
If you have been diagnosed with chronic pain, please consider hypnosis for pain management. You are welcome to log on to for more information. As always, Take Care – Donna Re Olsen