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Using Meditation To Cope With Pain- Manage Pain Without Prescriptions

Updated on July 9, 2013

We all hurt at one time or another but some have ongoing pain they can’t control and feel like a prisoner in their aching body.

There are many reasons we hurt and if you don’t know the reason you should have a full physical to find the cause.

This technique works well with Fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic back pain patients. Prescription pain medicine has undesirable side effects that can cause even more problems. Using meditation can reduce the amount of drugs you put in your body and some people are able to do without drugs altogether.

How to use your mind to take away the pain.

The mind is a powerful tool--- it can heal us and take away our misery. Doctors don’t completely understand how it works they just know that it does.

When using meditation, you think about something other than your discomfort and redirect your mind to something more pleasant. It’s how some can walk on hot coals or a bed of nails. It’s mind over matter.

Meditation is holistic medicine. Some will find they have no pain while others will have their symptoms greatly reduced. When we meditate, activity increases in the area of the brain where cognitive control and emotion happens.

Focus on a happy place; somewhere peaceful you can go to escape your body. Breathe slow and rhythmically keeping your mind centered.

A beach, a forest, the mountains, flying, wherever you find solace can be your zen place. Revisit a spot you’ve been on vacation or anywhere you’ve felt at peace. Everyone is different and we all have a location that helps us feel calm and serene.

Use music to help you focus.


Some people like soothing music to help them meditate. Make sure it’s something slow and preferably without lyrics. There are many selections you can buy. You can find some free on YouTube or other websites. Nature sounds, orchestra or rain are good choices.

Relax your body.


You must first focus on relaxing your muscles. Start at the top of your head and go over your body being mindful of each part making sure they are all completely relaxed.

Everything is connected; tensing your legs can cause pain in your back so even if you have your back completely loosened you may still feel discomfort so make sure you calm every part of your body.

You can do this anywhere you are, sitting in a chair or laying on your bed. You don’t have to sit cross-legged on the floor to meditate.

You can do this in a doctor’s office or during a painful procedure.


I’ve often done this in the dentist or gynecologist office. It works best if you don’t have a chatty physician but some like to talk trying to help take your mind off the procedure. If you are able to go to your zen place you can meditate and focus on something else.

You can use an MP3 player and listen to your soothing music to help keep your mind off of the procedure and on your meditation. Close your eyes and forget where you are. Try not to think about what is going on and only breath and relax.

Meditation reduces anxiety.


When we are anxious we tend to tense up our body, which can cause us pain. We do this without even realizing it. Meditation releases anxiety; calms our spirit and releases tension, which in turn reduces or eliminates pain.

During labor:

Lamaze breathing exercise technique works similar to meditation because you are keeping your mind on each inhale and exhale so you don’t focus on the pain so much.

You can do meditation instead with a better result. Tensing your muscles makes the pain worse so if you can relax and concentrate on something else you will have an easier delivery.

The intro is a bit abrupt but the music is soothing.

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    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      James, we take too many meds these days, anyway we can decrease those amounts is a good thing. I saw on the news that pharmacies are going to monitor pain medications more closely because of abuse, not sure how that will affect people on maintenance drugs.

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      Jameshank 

      6 years ago from Japan, NY, California

      Thanks for sharing ways to cope with pain with lesser medication. Great read!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      It does make a difference, Glenn. We don't always realize that we are tensing our muscles and if we can relax them it helps the pain.

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Pamela, The one that works best for me us to focus on relaxing my body by paying attention to letting the muscles go limp. It seems we hold a lot of stress by tensing our muscles without realizing it. You Hub is very useful as these are important things to remember for sure.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've never tried self-hypnosis before, I haven't even tried having someone else hypnotize me. You should write an article on that one if you haven't already.

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      WillStarr 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I've used self-hypnosis successfully many times. Good Hub!

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Brittany. Very helpful.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Rasta, it certainly does. Thanks for reading.

      Thanks, Brittany. I'll check that out when I have more time.

    • brittanytodd profile image

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Yes, Debby. It's just a topic picked weekly by the staff (posted and maybe thought up by Simone).

      You can answer this question with a hub based on the topic: https://hubpages.com/question/143600/weekly-topic-...

      And then post the link to this forum: https://hubpages.com/forum/topic/88342

      It's supposed to increase your traffic and help you defeat writer's block.

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      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Meditation really calms down the body and smoothly regulates the heartbeat.

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Brittany ~ Can you explain how the Weekly Topic Inspiration Forum works?

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I haven't been in the forums much lately, I'll check it out. Thanks.

    • brittanytodd profile image

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      I agree. Maybe you should post this on the Weekly Topic Inspiration forum. I think it is a fine example of self-improvement.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, brittanytodd for adding me. I like to write about natural and healthy living choices as well as a few other subjects.

      Drugs are poison and if we can keep from using them we will be much better off.

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      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Pamela, I just noticed that you started following me and I decided to check out your hubs. (I think I have to follow you too, now.) This is an excellent piece with great tips on how to stay away from the medications that are so harmful to us. I almost went to school for alterative treatments because pain killers and the like are so addictive and damaging. Thank you so much for posting! Voted up, useful, etc.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow, Debby, I just put this up, you are quick on the draw. I love meditation and feel if we all did it we'd live in a much better place. Thanks for reading.

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Very nice, Pamela. The world would be a better place if we all took time to do meditation exercises. Nice treasure find of this long video. Blessings, Debby

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