Has anyone learned any good meditation techniques that help with pain?

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flower123
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   Posted 4/13/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't, but I have read about people that use them to calm the mind and take focus off of pain. Are they helpful for you? Does anyone use them? Could you tell me how to do one please?

Thanks,

Flower

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 4/13/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Flower,

You actuallly laugh at my form of 'meditation'...but one of my favorite things to help take my mind off the pain is actually turning up some great music in my house and 'attempting' to dance around (gently) and sing..(badly..lol)....and doing that right now! I have the hbo special of the 25th anniversary of the rock and roll hall of fame so 2 hours of all the great musicians jamming away...

But for me, music can soothe when needed, make me happy, make me cry to get it all out...make me smile and increase my endorphins...I have it on in the shower, in the car, or on my tv/computer...

So, that is just one of my suggestions to help:)


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flower123
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   Posted 4/13/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you! It's a great suggestion, because I was just recently telling my husband that I don't listen to music anymore! He told me that I could have his IPod, but I have no idea how those things work. I'm going to ask him to teach me.

My next trip to Target will include me buying a radio for my bathroom.
I've never thought of that.

Thanks,

:)

Flower

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   Posted 4/13/2010 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey flower , I suggest you take a meditation class and yes it helps me with my pain , but I beleive learning how to do it right was important , at least for me .Just google meditation classes or look for your local Buddhist temple of enlightenment ,its about finding peace , quieting your mind and body,Seeking an out-of body expierence and thereby leaving the pain source ( your finite and temporary self ) and seeking what is permenant and unique to you , your conciousness .I highly reccomend it with expierenced guidance , Good Luck , Mikel 
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flower123
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   Posted 4/13/2010 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Glenn! I didn't think of that either! It's always great to have tools in the box to take our minds off of our pain, even just a little.

Thank you Mikel. I will look into it. :)


Flower

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   Posted 4/13/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Great reminder Glenn! Since money is so tight for me, I learned that I can go online to my local library and type in my membership number and download any audio book! I agree...it's so relaxing and listening before I go to bed, all snuggled up next to the doggy, lights out, it reminds me of my mom reading books to me as a child:)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 


MsBunky
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   Posted 4/13/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Flower,

What I have done is downloaded some free "meditation" music from online to my iPod. I find a comfortable place to sit, wrap myself in a blanket, put a heat back on my tummy (my central core), and then close my eyes and focus on the music. I often fall asleep, but the goal is to actively tense and release the muscles from bottom to top, starting with my toes and working my way to my face and head.

Sometimes I get all the way...generally I fall asleep halfway thru. I just find the music and nature sounds sooooo soothing (I love ocean sounds the best) that I'm able to relax and drift away from the pain for a period of time. I find less pain for awhile after finishing, so that's great too.

Give it a try...I hope it helps!

hugs,
Pam
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PAlady
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   Posted 4/13/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Flower,
One of the best sites on the web to buy (CD's or downloads for your ipod) is
www.healthjourneys.com
and I think it's ok for me to post that site as I have no financial connection with it whatsoever other than I use and recommend the relaxation materials myself. The main woman who does most of the guided imagery relaxation tapes is Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, and she first started her work with the Cleveland Clinic, but now she's nationally known. She has material directed toward a variety of topics, including one for Chronic Pain (I use that one), and a great one for Sleep. The neat thing at the site is you can listen to little snippets for free, and each week she has a free 5 minute download dealing with a specialized topic.

I believe she has some other well-known people's material on her site like Dr. Andrew Weil, who has a basic meditation CD.

I just recommended her to my cousin, who just had surgery for breast cancer and is about to start chemo., and my cousin said she wouldn't have made it this far without the tapes (I've had her materials for so long I still have them in the old format - cassettes! LOL). She used the surgery series to prepare for her surgery, plus continues to use the tape for anxeity and stress, and soon will use the tape for chemotherapy.

There are so many ways to learn meditation, and like Mikel said you can take a class, but if there's not a good one available there's plenty of choices online. And a lot of resources free at your local library.

Hope this helps a bit.

PaLady

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   Posted 4/13/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Flower123! You have gotten several good replies here on your question, and I agree with all of them. I just wanted to say, that I have used Humor as a form of pain relief as well.

My wife and I just watched a movie here a few nights ago, and she said she had never seen me laugh so much since we had met over 5yrs ago. I laughed so hard I cried tears, and boy!...did it feel good!
It was shocking when I realized that it had temporally blocked my pain from my mind. Although it may not be a long term form of relief, it was welcomed for it's short term effect.

One more thing! We have a member here that always makes me laugh, and he has brought me much joy and laughter, during my healing process, although it really did hurt to laugh after my surgery for a while.
I know for a fact, that I mentioned it on one of my post here soon after my surgery, and it made me so mad, I could have strangled him! (just kidding) If you look way down to the south east as far as you can, you may just see him, giving out
Big Sweaty Man Hugs! Yep! It's "Pete Trips Again!

Flower123, I hope you find the relief your looking for, and I think your on the right track for some pain relief.
Take care!


SE :)
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/13/2010 11:45:09 PM (GMT-6)


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 4/14/2010 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Great ideas guys and gals! My favorite is that when I am so much pain I take a fresh canvas or if I can't sit up I grab my sketch pad and I draw and paint real ugly things. Mainly just junk, but it helps me cause I go from an ugly place to a warm and loving place with my sketches and paints. It may take up to three pages in my sketch book to go from mean to soft but its worth it. The other thing I try is my meditation is a combo of two different types; Tai Chie and Buddhist. I lay back in my recliner, find my inner core and let myself float. It takes a lot of time to be able to get to the point where you can float in your mind but its worth it. I can't release the pain yet, its still with me at all times. Maybe I will never get there, but it helps to calm the nerves when I'm stressed

Hugs

Scarred
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 


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   Posted 4/14/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
 
  SE is right about laughter.I googled pain and laughter and got a bunch including some tongue in cheek jokes. I've copied a book I found there too.
 
  Humor is tragedy plus time. 

http://www.humormatters.com/bio.htm   :-)

By Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D.

Originally published in Therapeutic Humor
Publication of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor, 
Summer, 1995, Vol. IX, 3, p. 1-2

Copyright, 1995

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