Let’s look at pain management

Category: |  Date: May 24, 2022

I am sharing an excellent article that came out this week stating that drugs can’t cure pain. Raising concern about medicine’s inability to deal with chronic pain.

I already know from my training and my own experience with pain that initially pain an urgent warning... this is hurting, stop now. At this initial stage, yes, stop.  Hit the pain hard with pain killers initially. If pain goes on, stop the pain killers because the brain has got used to the pain and is building a pain body of extra dendrites so that you feel more pain.  The pain killers don’t help.

In my own life, I have had thin bones and lots of breaks all my life including 4 broken vertebrae, ribs, arms.  I certainly find that the resulting instability in my back causes muscle fatigue and a warning... perhaps slow down, and I use a walker now assist with stability, but I don’t get pain.  I also go to a personal trainer twice a week building strength and balance and walk the dog every day.  I don’t take pain medication.

Apparently, I have bad arthritis in my wrists, but I don’t allow them to be painful.  I hold the part that hurts and talk to it and turn the pain off.  This works!  Our bodies were designed to heal themselves if we let them.  Hypnosis can be very effective here.  I’ve been using self-hypnosis to calm my irregular heart beat since the bad reaction to my booster covid jab.  It’s definitely helping.

Here is the article.

“A study of 4000 UK adults published by Ipsos last week found 26 per cent were living with chronic pain – defined as lasting longer than three months – and concern is growing about medicine’s inability to deal with it.

Draft guidelines published last month by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the NHS clinical watchdog, advised that patients with osteoarthritis would do better to exercise than take paracetamol.

A study this month concluded that ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs can make back pain worse. In the US, meanwhile, opioid painkillers have been blamed for half a million deaths.

“The brain produces the feeling of pain to say: ‘Stop what you are doing,’” he said. “That’s a simple pathway and it’s easy to block with anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or opioid medicines like codeine or morphine.”

But with long-lasting chronic pain, “the alarm can become oversensitive and sometimes just goes off for no reason”.

Pain caused by a back strain or surgery is now being generated by the brain itself.

Last year British doctors were told to stop prescribing painkillers for “chronic primary pain” – unexplained or “out of proportion” to an injury or disease – and offer counselling, antidepressants or acupuncture instead.

Specialists are increasingly aware that chronic pain has psychological and social elements. Stress and trauma can exacerbate symptoms.”

Now this is Jean again

Even though hypnotherapy is my job, I get constantly amazed at how effective we can be at helping ourselves by talking to our bodies instead of flooding them with chemicals.