Making pain more bearable

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   Posted 10/25/2013 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
The way I think about my pain can either intensify it or help reduce it. If I keep telling myself I feel horrible, I'm going to feel worse. I've been telling myself, you can get through this and then put my focus on something else. Even cleaning a closet will get my mind off pain. It takes practice to stop feeding into pain. At one time I just expected to feel bad all the time...I've changed my expectations...each day is a good day. Sure I hurt but it doesn't have to be front and center of my life. I learned my thoughts do play an important part of the life I create for myself. A few positive thoughts can change my day from cloudy to sunny.

Wishing you all some rays to brighten your day :-)

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 10/25/2013 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Robin!

I'm in the midst of another cycle of it hitting hard. I will give up things that I enjoy in order to be able to work and function normally until it clears up.

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   Posted 10/25/2013 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Great point, Robin! :)

I used to go to bed when I was in pain, but I learned that doesn't make the pain go away. There are so many other ways to deal with it. You're so right--taking your mind off pain by cleaning or whatever really seems to help.

Doing something fun and rewarding yourself with something small (that's not fattening!) seems helpful, too.  Sometimes I'll place an order for some little thing I've wanted for a while, and that cheers me up, too.

Have a wonderful day/weekend, and thank you for always looking on the bright side of things. It's 'catchy' and that's a good thing. yeah
"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."
St. Francis

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   Posted 10/25/2013 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
That's why I distract myself as much as possible. I talk to family, friends, play with the cat, do the net, and play games.
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   Posted 10/25/2013 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I try to do the same and most of the time I succeed but there are times when I hurt so bad, I have to curl up in the bed or the couch and wait for it to pass.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens, Fibromyalgia, Chiari 1 Malformation, Osteoarthritis of the hip and neck, Heart Murmur, Acid reflux/gerd.

ak angel
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   Posted 10/26/2013 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have to refocus my mind on a daily basis to keep my pain levels down. I do this by taking walks, listening to music or just watching junky TV.
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