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Emotions vs Symptoms

Jul 24, 2017 5:14 PM

Our emotions and physical wellness is connected. So if you are not in a good space, pain intensifies. But what if you are truly positive? Does it reduce pain?

Jul 25, 2017 12:33 AM

I honestly don't know. I have been trying to figure that out for awhile πŸ€”

Jul 25, 2017 3:02 AM

Focusing on the positive in life and distracting yourself with activities which make you feel good does help temporarily.

It's when we are alone in our thoughts that this can be the most difficult time to try and be positive. Especially when pain consumes our minds.

Finding a hobby or reading a book seems to brighten my day and yes, it does help improve our distract me from pain.

Jul 25, 2017 3:52 AM

Move a muscle change a thought. I have to believe this works for if I don't I stay stuck in my pain and allow it to consume my thoughts. I give myself a few moments every few hours to acknowledge my pain then then I have to let it go

Jul 25, 2017 4:44 AM

I'm mostly positive for most of the time and it doesn't reduce pain at all it just helps you to think in a way of I have got through every bad day so far so I can get through this one...

Jul 25, 2017 12:55 PM

I'm in a really good mental place, but my pain is off the chain today! I'm reading & watching TV & here to distract myself.

Jul 25, 2017 1:46 PM

FlappysLady81 sorry to hear your having a bad pain day! I am too

Jul 25, 2017 1:57 PM

LittleLola, it's SI joint pain causing sciatica down my leg to my foot. I don't get this often but it's way past due since the last flame up.

Jul 25, 2017 2:48 PM

I don't think being positive reduces pain but it helps you to be receptive to having "good feelings" which can lead to laughter and joy which produce endorphins-- I think so anyway. I try to force myself to do things I know will leave me feeling happy. Not great day today but really looking forward to taking my niece out tomorrow I know that will keep me going πŸ˜€

Jul 25, 2017 3:32 PM

So this whole chronic pain thing is new to me. I am waiting on blood tests to see what they come up with. I've had these pain flare ups for years and a dose of steroids and opiates and I was good to go. This time it's different. The fatigue is grueling I had to leave work to take a nap then did a low impact Marching workout for 10 minutes to get my blood flowing. I feel like a water balloon most of my joints ache and my Toradol doesn't quite cut it. I'm 52 and feel like I'm 80. πŸ˜” very depressed these past few weeks. The pain doesn't quit. Over the years doctors keep bro go g up lupus fear kept me from following thru. I'm now ready because the pain is Winning this time

Jul 25, 2017 4:36 PM

@AnimalLover2 Sorry to hear that! That sounds very painful I hope it passes soon😊

Jul 25, 2017 8:31 PM

I am new here & reading different postings on various issues. Wish I had a nice group like this group of people back when my world came crashing down in 01 & then worse in 07. Support is everything!!! Family, physicians, friends & faith keep us going. When there's a missing link in group... there is a problem. Been encouraged by what read so far & many people with new diagnoses certainly can take refuge & others can find/share answers with one another.

Jul 25, 2017 8:43 PM

ArthyLady hi πŸ‘‹πŸΌ well your here now and your part of the group! If you ever need support or want to ask a question go for it we are all here for everyone 😊

Jul 25, 2017 8:58 PM

They say ""what don't kill you. Makes you stronger "". Sometimes I believe it and other times I don't know what to believe. Sending prayers your way to everyone πŸ€— there is also another saying . ""This to shell pass ""

Jul 26, 2017 6:36 AM

Thanks for all the insight!

I find it difficult to be positive because I tend to compare my situation to my peers. I guess the first step is to stop comparig.


Jul 26, 2017 8:06 AM

Ya comparing always get me in trouble because I always put myself on the lesser end. Not true. Why do we do those things to ourselves?!?!?

Jul 26, 2017 5:20 PM

I once heard that comparison can only end in one of two ways. You feel inferior or you feel superior. Since neither is a desirable outcome, it's best to avoid it all together.

Jul 26, 2017 6:24 PM

It's ok to know that others like you are dealing with the same symptoms that you are experiencing. But you are uniquely you and it's best not to continually compare yourself to others. Smile knowing your not alone in your own unique experience you are going through.❀️

Jul 26, 2017 8:05 PM

I compare myself to everyone. I know it's not healthy but easy to do when deep down you feel so empty and useless . wow I can't wait to see my doc tomorrow πŸ€”πŸ€” anyways I understand.

Jul 27, 2017 5:23 AM

Western girl from your pictures I see your are absolutely beautiful! No one is worthless in the sight of God! When we compare it keeps us in a constant state of unrest which isn't good for us. For me acceptance is the key. I used to think if you accepted something you had to like it. WRONG. It means you are just accepting whatever situation you're in but you don't have to like it. That frees my thinking a lot. πŸ‘

Jul 27, 2017 12:37 PM

@atjane, how has it worked for you?

Jul 27, 2017 2:55 PM

I'm home alone the majority of the time. I compare myself to my friends and people I grew up with. How nice it would be to live a life pain free.

Jul 28, 2017 8:44 PM

Amen to a pain free life! That being said, I don't have one. I am only me and I can only do me. I try and just be happy for my family and friends and take joy in their joy. Easier said then done, I know. But it gets easier with practice.

Aug 10, 2017 3:48 AM

I have good days and bad days.... or rather bad days and days where I don't completely break downπŸ™ˆ

I'm struggling to cope with everything.... I am a third year Actuarial Science Student and it feels like if I can't even remember a single appointment; how am i gonna get my degree in December...

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