One of the most difficult things about relentless pain is that by never getting a break from it, you never get a chance to regroup your defenses. It just continuously gnaws at you until you think you can’t take it anymore. The most peculiar thing though, is that if you find something that really captures your attention, you may get that break you’ve been praying for.
Chronic pain wears us down. Finding a way to survive can be very difficult. But by giving up, you allow it to move in and own you. What can you do to fight back? The answer to that is anything and everything.
By that, I mean you must keep trying to find ways to relieve your pain. One of the most impressive quotes I’ve heard, which I believe is credited to Albert Einstein, is, paraphrased, “stop doing the same thing and hoping to get a different result.” If you want to find an answer, you have to keep looking and try different things until you find something that works.
For some people diversion works. Watch a movie that makes you laugh and draws you in. Try massage; it can release tension and toxins and leave you feeling better. If that doesn’t work, look at some other alternative treatments like acupuncture or acupressure, music or art therapy. Dogs can be helpful in some cases, again, either by diverting your attention or by providing you with some affection or fun antics. Prayer has been proven to be helpful too.
Whatever course of action you take, take some action! Don’t just sit there and wallow in it, that won’t help. Don’t let your pain get the upper hand. Remember that there are people who handle the same level of pain you do and more every day and if they can get through it, you can. Focus on living rather than on how badly you hurt. When all is said and done, at least you can say you lived life today rather than was swallowed up by the pain; and sometimes, that the best we can do.