The pain with never end. It is going to go on forever. What is the point of anything if I am going to suffer forever and can’t change anything? It is relentless and endless.
I am guilty of this thought spiral when I am in a lot of pain and depressed.
So what do we do to make that more rational a thought? More reasonable?
- Pain has an indefinite length. Not forever. We do not know how long it will last for.
- Pain treatments. We do not know what sort of pain treatments are on the horizon that could seriously help with our pain. Just an example for chronic migraines is the CGRP treatment that may very well help immensely within the next five years. We never know when something like that will come out and greatly reduce out pain.
- Pain is variable. It is not your worst pain ever that is going to last endlessly. You are going to have good days. Baseline days. Medium days. And, yes, bad days. But you can’t interpret it as this immense Pain, of horrible intensity, lasting Forever. We know that isn’t true.
- We could learn all sorts of new ways to cope with pain, all sort of alternative treatments, exercise, meditation… that help us reduce our suffering. We do have the potential of reducing our suffering. Some flexibility is there. Even if the pain is there for the rest of our lives… it might be managed better to achieve a better quality of life.
This is what I try to remind myself when I have this thought spiral.