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Pain Manager: Transform Pain via Health Spiral

By Guest Author On June 10, 2011 Under Self Help Tips, Setting Goals, Success Secrets

The guidepost in the downward chronic pain spiral is:  AVOID DECONDITIONING. For someone like me, who earlier enjoyed life in the active lane , I casually dismissed  fellow humans who traverse the slow lane as couch potatoes. But after I became de-conditioned, I humbly learned that without guideposts, anyone in chronic pain can really get stuck.

In unadorned terms I have listed eight results of deconditioning:  muscle atrophy ; stiff joints, loss of calcium from bones, (a recipe leading to osteoporosis); increased risk of heart illness  and diabetes; loss of red blood cells; decrease in making whoopie hormones and creation of sperm; sputtering immune functions; obesity and depression.

Deconditioning is diametrically opposed to conditioning. Conditioning is a clinical catch-all for all the great things that happen when you are in shape.  Below I describe what actually happened to me in the downward spiral of deconditioning.  I didn’t realize I had gotten caught until a family member, who has been fooled also,  showed me the  guidepost to becoming happy and healthy again. 

Imagine me, a statuesque, chestnut-maned , athletic and fun-loving female assuming responsibility for raising  an infant grandchild…scraping through a costly divorce and … taking a sit-down computer job with  car- commute of 220 kilometers.  I also had not yet rehabilitated a joint  injury. However, I benefited from tramadolfor my pain management program .

I want you to flash “aha!” at the negative cycle in the following handful of junctions  that I passed through.  Then, you will be able to step in and bust up the old routine and create a safe and healthy one.  You can reduce your pain on a daily basis…. for the rest of this life. Yes!

Junction1: Inactivity.  I felt much pain, so I limited what I would normally do.  I cancelled my planned trip to the beach because it meant another hour in a car and lifting my baby out of a car seat, which would make me feel even more however you-harden up-after-you-are-dead .  I decommissioned my gardening tasks, because just thinking  about kneeling and stooping  made  me  tired.  I stopped calling my work-out buddies to go ocean swimming because getting in and out of my wet-suit hurt. I turned totramadolfor pain management.

Junction 2: Catching up.  I felt okay the next day.  I hopped into the car, dropped my little babe at the Kid Zone and got in some reps.   I replanted two dozen bulbs.  I donned my wetsuit for a Saturday plunge at my favorite beach. Life seemed good again.

Junction 3: Inactivity. After my active and feeling great day, I woke up stiff and sore. “Ow! I did too much,” I hollered at myself in the mirror, so I slowed down again and canceled my beach outing.

Junction  4: Repeating the cycles. I went through this scenario over and over again trying to adjust to life with chronic pain. It became a deconditioning cycle:  I felt better. I did more. I felt worse. I slowed down.

Junction 5: Deconditioning.  Bingo, out of the game! De-conditioning resulted as my body suffered. I actually got out of shape in response to my pain. The time I spent slowing down made me depleted and wimpy: what an irony, eh?  I attempted protect myself through slowing down, but this inactivity actually hurt and weakened my body.  Among other things, it caused my muscles to atrophy , which stone-walled my stamina and brought on exhaustion.

Another danger in the pain cycle is that I began spending more time solo. My bodysurfing buddies didn’t  text me anymore because I cancelled one too many outings , so they  gave  up on me. My family got used to doing things for me and without me. They believed they were helping by playing proxy and no longer expecting me to participate. They didn’t understand that the more helpless I grew, the more pain I would  attract.

I am excited to share this information and trust you will take in what applies to you.” Pleasae don’t ever give up!” — Chloe Taylor

 

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