Moving Out of The Problem and Into The Solution
I discuss Anticipatory Pain and the role it plays in sabotaging chronic pain management. I cover how it can lead those of us living with high levels of chronic pain to be afraid to even conduct common daily activities. I discuss how this anticipatory takes pain from “ouch this hurts” to “my pain is killing me, it’s horrible, awful or terrible.” I also mention you can read my article “Moving Beyond Anticipatory Pain” at https://drstevegrinstead.com/chronic-pain-articles
In this Video Blog, I cover why it is important to understand the connection between stress levels and pain symptoms, as well as recognizing how managing stress can decrease the perception of pain. Physically, chronic pain raises stress levels and drains physical energy, while psychologically it affects the ability to think clearly, logically and rationally, as well as how effectively people manage their feelings. Not only that, it can also impact memory. Lower Stress - Lower Perception Pain!
In this Video Blog I talk about two simple but powerful practices I use and teach as part of an effective chronic pain management plan. I think of Mindfulness as the means of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and without judgement. I talk about Cognitive Behavioral Restructuring as a parallel process.
In this Video Blog I talk about three resource articles I’ve posted on my website to help reduce chronic pain suffering. You’ll see a link to go to my Articles Page to learn more about these three areas. Those of us living with chronic pain may need other options in this time of staying home and not being able to access our former tools. These three areas then are crucial to explore on my articles page - https://drstevegrinstead.com/chronic-pain-articles