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Is pain Hell? Some would argue that chronic pain is Hell on earth.

Updated on April 26, 2013

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If we consistently get the signals we can adopt different response thereto.
If we consistently get the signals we can adopt different response thereto. | Source

Pain is neurological. Let that set in. Pain is neurological.

Suppose I was to tell you that pain is controllable with the mind? Would you think that I had lost mine? Here are some truths about pain.

Pain does not come from blood. Pain does not come from weariness. Pain does not come from smell. Pain does not come from sound. Pain does not come from touch or sight pain does not come from taste.

Pain comes from a signal to our brain that translates the information into pain. That is not science or medicine that is mechanics.

We say the pin prick causes pain. That is incorrect. How our brain receives the information of the pin prick is what can or cannot cause pain. A burn is not painful. Our perception of it is what is painful.

Make no doubt our animal brain does not control except for a flight or fight concept. A retraction of the hand and run from a loud sound. This only is a message being sent, to warn.

Signals that serve no helpful purpose need to be rerouted or re-translated.

Real professional athletes do not play through the pain. First they have experts diagnose it. They get a structural analysis to determine if the pain is indicating something that will get worse of action is continued. That is a no brainer. First determine if a condition is causing a negative result. OK. Then determine if action will aggravate the condition.

Get a look at. Come on! will it hurt it to ignore it? If so you are on a track to learn how to move without aggravating you condition. Logically that is easy. Discipline wise, you got some work.

Actual activity though will begin to lesson the pain. Be careful with that because that is not retraining. That is the result of two things. Rerouting and a body's danged pharmacy. We are not looking to do either. Rerouting causes a biomechanical change in function, not good. Stay symmetrical, stay within normal healthy ranges of normal. The second is your body producing chemicals that your brain does not endorse. Like the dying man in the desert going in to shock. Do not go there.

Sometimes we are driven from our comfort zone into a danger zone.

The bottom line is to secure the physical so we can get control of the mental.

Now I do not speak from a neurologists or psychiatric perspective. My father was board certified in both and we agree that pain management did not come from either discipline. It comes from perspective and attitude. Those are real words that really mean something even to a doctor or a shrink.

The brain is the control room of nerves. Nerves are the conduits that relay signals that our brain can consider pain or not. What I am talking about here is not considering the signals for pain. The brain can override that. If the structure and mechanics are sound then we move into the state of diminishing pain through a dialogue with our brain.

That looks ominous. It ain't I climbed it in ten minutes, it is all perspective.

Things look so big when you view them from below. But the opposite is true also.
Things look so big when you view them from below. But the opposite is true also. | Source

The chronic pain seems overwhelming.

Break it down. Just sit, stand or walk. Recognize the pain, break it down further, know the pain. Think about the pain. Be the pain. Now change your mind. Not like on what to eat. Really change it and say "this pain is not pain". Now breathe deep and believe that. Be still and know that. Direct your mind to block the path that says that that is pain. Change it to a signal saying to be careful.

An old yogi on a mountain top once told me: life is painful, suffering is optional.

Get away now!

Set your schedule now. Get away. Take a week. Your job is to focus on your pain. You are not to suffer it but to understand it for you. Not for doctors. Get quiet to no outside stimulus effects or affects of your judgment as to the pain. Stay with it. Do not avoid it. Be the pain. Deep breathing.

Now make a gentle movement that makes the pain increase. Feel it. And now change it.

I mean it, change it to an itch right now! That control center brain is under your control Captain. So take control.

Eat some salmon, some fresh fruit, have some tea, whine and try it again. Move it punk. keep trying. you have a week do not give up.

Guarantees? yes 100 percent

I guarantee you are in control. Medicines are not, doctors are not. Hell is not.

They call me Dr. Dierker because I am one. Not of medicine. But of the laws of our existence. You are magnificent. And you must shine by my order.


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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Colin. There is also trans psychosomatic -- some like to call it prayer, so I will be sending healing vibes your way. Thank goodness your pains have not made your writing suffer. Wonderful recent work.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well Sir Eric - now you are a 'healer' and I believe in the idea of mind over matter (or psychosomatic) ..... I also believe in your fabulous ability to convey your thoughts through the written word (a power in itself, my friend) and I must tell you I've been away for almost two weeks dealing with my own pains - both mental and physical health issues - so it's good to be back and thank you for coming into my life and making me a better person and writer too.

      Sending you warm wishes from Colin and his cats at lake erie time 9:55am

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lurana, I was training for a big hike and in some real pain with the 50 lb pack. I turned on some inspirational music. And within minutes I was out of pain and charging up a hill. And happy! Thanks for the read and comment.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ricardius, I am a sissy with pain. I tried ignoring it but I cannot. I had to get onto something more proactive.

      I really do believe you have got to get in there and wrestle with it. If I helped one little bit, maybe just helping to think about it, I thank you.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thought-provoking look at pain! Thank you.

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      Ricardius 4 years ago

      I think your article touches on the idea of self hypnosis? I have arthritis and joint pain. Anti inflammatory meds have to many side effects on me, so I don't take them very often. The joints affected are my shoulders, knees, and toes. The toe joint pain comes and goes without any provocation. I can be sitting down, and the pain in my big toes joints begin to hurt very badly. I try to ignore it as much as possible, but it's very hard to do. After reading your article, I'm going to refocus my efforts on diverting the pain signals.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jewels, that is wonderful. We are one the same page. Dealing with it instead of suffering from is the point. Your points are very helpful, I hope. Thank you for reading and commenting, let us hope it helps others.

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      Jewels 4 years ago from Australia

      I've alleviated pain not by actually going into the pain, feeling it and letting it go. Taking the mind elsewhere doesn't work, it's like an avoidance. Perhaps the more we judge pain as bad the longer it stays. However, if you feel it bottom to top, inside and out and allow any emotion to be released - the pain just stops. Pain is a mask of something else that's at dis-ease in the body. Reacting to pain is not being in the pain, it's just reacting. Feeling however works (for me anyway.)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you truthfornow. Confronting with out distraction is key. Your mention of cycle is well spoken and appreciated. The river flows within us. We can control the current. I hope this is not condescending or critical.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      It is true that the more you focus on the pain and think about how you are in pain, the worse it seems to get. It is hard to re-track your mind. Chronic pain is so difficult to deal with and a cycle, so we could all benefit from trying these suggestions.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My friends sometimes the pain seems to have control, physical and emotional. But that is by our allowance. Thank you for your encouragement and encouraging others. You are the catalyst for positive change.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Solid wisdom, Eric. I am a huge believer in the power of positive thinking.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I agree 100%. I been there. Nobody but me, my, myself will give order to my brain.