I always want to explore my psychological, mental, emotional strengths or how to develop them with chronic pain. And there is a reason behind that. I am quite aware that medication doesn't just resolve pain. In fact, it really doesn't do that much for me. I have to do a whole lot of other things … Continue reading Battling chronic pain with positive psychology and cultivating character strengths
I know with chronic pain we can get tired. Damn exhausted. It seems like we are in a continuous battle. Every day we wake up to a new battle. And sometimes we feel like we are not coping with the pain well. That we are not strong enough for this onslaught. I get that. I … Continue reading Chronic pain: How far you have come
I don't like this term people put on the chronically ill or people with chronic pain. You're so brave. I don't know, it seems like a word inflicted upon people with chronic pain when people do not get it. They do not get that there were two roads diverging in the woods; they took the … Continue reading Chronic pain: Who am I?
So I have learned a lot of painful lessons from pain, the hard way, more than once, because that is how I roll. Here are something I had to figure out. Organization I know you may not think this but I am an insanely disorganized, cluttered, absentminded person. None of which I have a problem … Continue reading What lessons chronic pain has taught me
Emotions are a completely normal experience of pain. And in high pain, it is normal to feel anger or sadness. This is because pain, in the brain, is in a circuit with our emotional center. Pain incites an emotional response. The last long stretch of brutal 9 level morning migraines had me feeling irritated and … Continue reading Chronic pain and the emotions
Do you feel like a failure? I do. I feel like I failed my family I feel like I failed in the workforce That I fail as a friend That I, personally, am a failure. It is a destructive thought we have that makes us very intimidated to try new things because we have … Continue reading Do you feel like a failure?