Are you affected by Chronic Pain? (Part 1 of 2)

Updated: Sep 8

This is my new blog, and starts with a personal story, not the one I usually tell about recovering from CFS/ME, (more on that on https://www.generatingchange.co.uk/about). Instead I tell a story that precedes that. It is the tale of my unintentional journey in and out of back discomfort. I am one of many people in the UK (well over 1 in 4 of the population) that is/was affected by chronic pain.


When I was 19 years old I was on my first trip abroad. I was travelling with my backpack. It contained over 1 week's worth of clothes, a tent, books and spare pairs of shoes. I picked up my bag to put it on a train rack above my head, and I twisted. Searing hot pain shot through my back and legs, and I have had bouts of chronic pain ever since.


At first I was cross, I couldn't believe I had done such a silly thing. What's more nobody around me seemed to realise how painful it was.


I wanted to go back and reverse time and change what I had done. However given that reality was as it was, I thought there was nothing I could do except take pain killers and put up with it. And that is what I did. I pushed on through and got on with life. I put up with the fact that often it was difficult or very painful to put on socks and shoes. I put up with taking time out for bedrest. And I put up with often being grumpy and irritable as I did everyday stuff that hurt.


It was only after many years that I started to question that belief that there was nothing I could do. I noticed actually that there were things that I did that made my level of comfort worse. I noticed that there were things that I was doing that made it better.


I had for example put in tai chi to build my muscle strength and changed the way I did things - for example not carrying things that were heavy on one side. Later I did the Lightning Process for CFS/ME and put in changes and took improving my level of comfort to quite another level. I learned for example to quickly increase my level of calm and relax my body,


For me key to creating change was starting to address things I did that didn't help. These were things I said, did and thought. One was a pattern of behaviour that usually started the little statement "it'll be fine". This was often the prelude to not following my own learnings about lifting heavy stuff. It was often a thing I said before doing something really daft like trying to carry a chest of drawers up a flight of stairs. Sometimes it was fine, often it wasn't and I'd struggle for days or weeks with discomfort.


I am still a person who from time to time periodically does back issues, but I am much more comfortable now. I train people how to use the mind-body link to improve their health, including making huge changes with the lightning process. I include training people how to spot and put in the practical how tos that make things better.


Creating change with the mind-body link is the subject of this blog. Putting in place practical how tos to make things better is the subject of the second part of this post.


https://www.generatingchange.co.uk/post/simple-practical-how-tos-to-reduce-chronic-pain


and there's alot more information here: https://www.generatingchange.co.uk/blog


and the first stage of the lightning process for chronic pain is just £4.99 this week (second week Sept ). https://www.philparker.org/product/part-1-lightning-process-pain-tinnitus-fibromyalgia/







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