Pain can be positive

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   Posted 5/1/2010 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you think of any positive changes pain has made in your life? I think pain has
taught me more about life than anything else. I let go of the idea that things should be
a certain way. Pain made made me realize they are, what they are. I have learned to
love myself more. I have become more spiritual. I have learned to become more positive.
I learned life is truly a gift and that I must live it to the fullest, no matter what. Life is
for living and loving.
Has pain taught you anything?
Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
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   Posted 5/1/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Ever seen GI Jane? One of the things I realized about pain is like the Master Chief says.... "Pain is your friend, your ally, it will tell you when you are seriously injured, it will keep you awake and angry, and remind you to finish the job and get the hell home. But you know the best thing about pain? O'Neil: Don't Know! Master Chief: It lets you know you're not dead yet! "

So pain taught me, I am not dead yet. We take many things for granted, and must find a way to muster on. We have to learn to adapt to our pain. Do not let pain stop you-or you will not succeed. Any tramatic pain will be blocked out by your mind that your body is inflicted (learned that when I was physically struck as a pedesterian in a crosswalk by a vehicle). So I learned a lot about pain
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   Posted 5/1/2010 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Somedays I feel like you do about pain.
Somedays I feel just the opposite.
When I'm feeling desperate it is good for me to remember the things I know to be true.
I am not dead yet, I will go on.
And praise God no matter what.

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   Posted 5/1/2010 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
You know, that's a great way to look at it.  At least I'm not dead. 
I never thought of it that way, but I do know that I can look around and see others pain and suffering more than mine.
It always does me good to read the post on this forum. 
God Bless!
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!

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   Posted 5/1/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Pain is teaching me to pace myself and to stop and rest. It helps me be more appreciate of good days.

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   Posted 5/1/2010 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
When I woke up in the recovery room on Thursday, I said, "I must still be alive because I hurt."
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   Posted 5/1/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Pain has taught me that things are not always what they seem. No one can see my pain, but it's there, and so I try to remember that I can't see how another person feels, either. I guess it's made me more compassionate.

And everything you said too, Robin! Growth of patience, appreciation of the good things, and spirituality. Perspective on what's really important.
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   Posted 5/1/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Pain has become my friend. It lets me know that I am still here. It has stopped me from dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. It has made me appreciate the times when I don't feel it. But I know it is always there. Kind of like a good friend. lol...

It also has made me realize that people can be hurting even if they don't show it. It has made me more compassionate to others and myself.

And what everybody else has said. This was a good thread. Thanks for starting it.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 5/4/2010 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
After working at several jobs in a very stressful field over the years, and after spending seven of the last eight years working 18 hours many days managing my own business, my pain has finally taught me to slow down and enjoy life. I have not always taken care of my health, and my pain is finally teaching me to do this.

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   Posted 5/4/2010 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm always reminding myself that taking it one day at time because of the pain is a good thing.  That's probably why I love comedy.  I have come to realize that I don't want the big career like my old high school friend has or has begun.  Not at the price of my mobility.  So I've begun learning my limitations and how to work with them and around them.  I've come to realize that when I become a mom I want to be able to give him or her all the attention that I can.  Unfortunately I will still have to work, but it can be middle class instead of high class.  I also don't dress out of my limits either.  I am mostly comfortable or casual.  I do get gussied up from time to time, but when its called for or when I feel like looking pretty.  The pain has taught me so far to be a cool, casual, future mother hen to me and my husband's baby and to take the simple things with joy and the tough things in stride.
Other occupations: heartburn fighter, migraine massage therapist, fibromyalgia trainer, sinus plummer, allergic vet, weather girl and jar pickles loosener.

Translation: I have heartburn, IBS, fibromyalgia, migraine-like headaches, sinus issues, allergies to cigarette smoke, perfume and animals, sensitive to weather-body heat issues and possible RA in hands, wrists and feet.
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   Posted 5/5/2010 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Before I started having these pains, I really couldn't relate to people who in any form felt pain. It was hard for me since I didnt understand it truly...and like a lot of other people I found it hard to really relate to people who were sick but it didn't look it. Now, I understand the frustrations and it's helped me as a be more sympathetic. It's also helped me by making me appreciate the days where there is no pain. I used to never go out, but now when I have a flare or when I feel like I cant get out it just makes me feel trapped. so the days I feel no pain I enjoy and take advantage of to do something meaningful for myself. Even if it's just taking a walk, or playing with my nephews. It's taught me patience, to take the really tough and frustrating things in stride cause no matter what eventually pain will fade and you'll start a new day.

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   Posted 5/5/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Pain has definately made me more spiritual.  It has also made me realize how insignificant alot of things are that I use to think were very significant.  In other words, I think pain has help me put alot of things in my life into perspective.....But I still have a long way to go.  What doesn't kill us makes us stronger!
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