Chronic pain deserves your respect.
You completely remodeled your brain around this pathway.
You took time and due diligence to build an autobahn of pain.
It took, on average, over 6 months or more to build.
And now, it’s a superhighway that your brain built because you told it to do so.
To build a new pathway away from this chronic pain highway, you have to bow to it.
Acknowledge it, as it consistently demands your respect.
That’s why you hurt.
And despite the temptation of quick fixes, injectional magic, and special toys – it likely will persist.
It doesn’t not want you to dissociate from it.
After all, your nervous system built it and worked very hard at it.
You must build a new pathway, if you have any chance of feeling something else.
Rather than dissociate, respect it and build new behaviors.
Don’t keep doing what you are doing and expecting a different result.
Respect this old highway.
Build a new one with new strategies.
Improve the way you move.
Improve your dietary intake.
Improve your mindset toward the pain.
Improve your breathing and meditation techniques.
Discontinue the perpetuations and ruminations that built the old highway.
Build something new.
Read books by Drs. Sarno, Moseley, and Doidge and everything you can get your hands on to learn more about chronic pain.
If you built the chronic pain superhighway, then never forget you have the power to build a new highway, too.
A little from Dr. Dan, a little from Lisa but always a lot of good stuff!