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i can make the pain worse in my mind

Jan 18, 2015 7:43 PM

I can make the pain worse in my mind. For example today I was trying to figure out if I truly do have fibromyalgia or do I actually have tennis elbow from playing the piano for so many years. I had zero pain in my elbows then all of a sudden my right elbow started hurting worse then my neck and upper back where I do have issues.I don't understand it at all. I'm very frustrated.

Jan 19, 2015 1:37 AM

Autumnlynn, this is completely understandable. Even though we do not have super human powers, few people realize the power we have by using our own brain to control our bodies. Think about it. If you are able to have a panic attack, this is caused by things that are not really there. It is caused by our fears. We could control them it we figured out how we can control the brain. People use biofeedback to control the brain. You were using your mind to make pain. Biofeedback is the oppisite.You lay in a position that is real comfortable. You put on some relaxing music. And you imagine your feet getting warm and not feeling them. You imagine the sleeping. Then you keep on moving up little bits at at time. I have done this. It has worked on my pain. But when it comes to get up while you are awake, you dont feel like you can get up. ha ha. But it really works. You can control the brain that way.

Also, think about Actors, they make themselves cry by controling the brain. The enter a thought into the mind that is sad that will produce tears. So we do have some control over things.

This could be why the pain was worse. It probably follows the science ofthe T.E.N.S unit. You can only get so many signal to the brain. With a tens unit, by putting the electodes in between the brain and the pain site, you can block your pain because only so many signals can go though. So if you are pushing out so many signals for pain. That could be why you are not feeling the other that much. I have extreme bad back, ankle, and neck problems. My pain stays pretty bad. But a few months ago, I tore my rotator cuff. I had ignored it for some time because I thought it was just arthitis. But Now my shoulder joint is bone on bone. Well, that pain outweighed the other pain so much. Now, I can barely feel the other pain sites. I notice them more when my shoulder pain is relaxing a little. I don't know if this is what you were looking for. I am not the brightest thing out there but I know a little something ablout a lot of things. Take care. I hope you find the relief you need soon.

Jan 19, 2015 4:41 AM

Thank you yes... I've never tried biofeedback but there just seems to be a lot about the brain we still don't know about. I did find out that the unconscious mind can create something there when there is none, and to be able to feel pain as much as a fractured leg.

Jan 19, 2015 7:34 AM

Biofeedback relaxation works most of the time for me, especially with anxiety.

Jan 20, 2015 4:47 AM

Totally understandable, it's just like when people tell you to stay positive.. Your body feels your own negativity & stress levels, ect.

Jan 21, 2015 10:24 PM

I just got this app and am so confused! Having issues with bar code reading in my meds. Anyway, I started reading some of your posts and came across you guys. I'm so sorry for what you go thru. Pain is a horrific affliction and difficult to find relief. I have had advanced Peripheral Neuropathy for since 1995. I'm 54 and have tried every pain med I could get my hands on. I have pain everyday, 24/7. I never get complete relief but I can get it to ease up w a couple of things. One is meditation. It really works. Similar to biofeedback, I can almost make it feel like it's gone. Last year, after my second knee surgery my knee became so infected w MRSA they had to remove it just above the knee. Talk about painful! I thought neuropathy was bad. Now they are telling me the MRSA is growing in the rest of the leg(up to the ball joint) so the femer has to be removed. Not looking forward to that surgery! A lonG time ago a dr told me something that at the time infuriated me. He said pain is like there when you have to do something u don't want to do and not there (or eases up) when ur doing something enjoyable. The words he used were: you wake up with a headache and u got to go to work. - the headache is worse. You wake up with the same headache and your going shopping. - it's not quite that bad. This made me angry until I started meditating and realised he was right. Meditation is a wonderful thing to experience. Takes hard work at first cause ur mind wants to wander all over the place. Just ease it back to your breath and soon all you'll be is relaxed and u will be surprised how much your pain eases up. It doesn't have to be meditation. A hobby, gardening, quilting, woodworking. Anything that will get you focused on anything but ur pain. Focus. Is the word....on something other than the pain. It's hard but u can do it. My pain runs 8-10 everyday and I do it.

Jan 21, 2015 10:38 PM

Wow is all I can say after welcome pain25. I'm so sorry you have gone through such a horrible and that you have more surgery ahead of you, and a huge one at that. I have to say that I admire your attitude and gives me something to strive for. I have tried meditation on and off and never felt successful as I found my mind wandering all the time. Do you have any tricks or tips?

Jan 22, 2015 9:32 AM

Pain25, I'm so sorry for your experience. My sister have cervical disc surgery a few years ago and got MRSA that was on the oxygen tube placed in her nose. It was also in her surgical wound. Less than a month later they had to open & irrigate/clean out her wound and she was on abx a long time because what was in her nose spread too. She still gets flare up outbreaks sometimes.

I too try to relax when I feel bad because staying tense does increase the pain.

I'll be adding you to my prayer list. May God help this MRSA be alleviated from your body soon!

Jan 22, 2015 12:48 PM

This is a saying a made up a long time ago"there are few forces in heaven,hell,and purgatory more powerful than the mind and soul of a human being"

Jan 22, 2015 6:08 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. You will be in my prayers also as I include the healing of the world. The key to all is focus and relax. When u meditate u only concentrate on your breath. Breathe slow and deep and feel the air fill your lungs and how it feels when you expell it. Do not think I don't know how hard this is. Otherwise, the problems of the world would be non existent. At first just try for five minutes. Adding more as it gets easier. Some people use an object to stare at such as a flame or statue or even a flower. Make time each day and you'll see. Do it right after you take a pain pill, if you must, but be careful u don't fall asleep. You must be in the moment at all times.

Another time...this is hilarious...I actually tried to feel the pain! This was a different way to look at it, I thought. So, sitting in a chair every time I had intense pain I would feel the spot, down to a pinpoint where it was coming from. Needless to say that didn't last long! Lol

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