I've been dealing with degenerative disc disease with at least 5 damaged discs for over? ten years and several unsuccessful surgeries. I'm always looking to find a more natural way to relieve pain. I try to reduce use of pain medicine by incorporating a healthy diet, physical therapy, aqua-therapy, meditation, and of course my faith. I'm interested in sharing any ideas that might have worked for you. Is anyone familiar with using CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to make it easier to live with the pain. I strongly believe in the power of the mind. Moment of intense emotion forces the mind to release endorphin or something that momentarily halts our sense of pain. Like while we pray for a sick friend, seeing a loved one after a long absence, being in danger or maybe during sex. I can sometimes fool my mind in believing in something like that for only a short time. I'd like to hear of how others deal with pain beyond what drs recommend
The mind is very powerful. Over the years I have learned to compartmentalize my pain and my stress. I have little boxes in my mind where I put these things and manage to ignore them pretty well. When the pain gets really bad it will break thru this however. I had injections in my back yesterday and for the first time in years I can walk more then 5 ft without severe pain in my back and shooting down my leg. I also take gabapentin and that does help somewhat. Of course the most important box is the one in which you put your troubles in for God to handle.
The first round of physical therapy I did for my back actually made my pain worse but this last round I did has made a big improvement especially with the sciatica. I will go back to this new PT again for a "tune up" if my pain gets worse again
Also doing my best to help other people takes my mind off my own pain. There are times when the pain overtakes me and that is when I turn the heating pad on high, take a pain pill and pray.
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