Tag: Chronic pain

Overcoming A Life with Chronic Pain

For 10 years I fought crippling #chronic_pain. The arthritic cry of my muscles caused me to roll out of bed every morning and hobble to the bathroom. I remember this pain every day, because I spend time carefully measuring each chore, all food in-take, and the amount of weight I carry to keep me from ever revisiting that pain of old. Living with chronic pain is an issue that I work with all the time in my hypnosis and life coaching business and also in helping seniors using restorative chair yoga.

Managing pain is fairly easy if you understand the mechanics of pain and how it functions in your body. If, for instance, you strained a muscle in your back, a message gets sent to your brain to protect that muscle. So, the muscles literally harden around the injury, causing painful loss of movement and challenges as you try to move in particular directions. For a back sprain, bending forward could become very challenging.

The pain is supposed to act as a reminder to protect the injured muscle. Managing this particular pain should be easier…

Continue reading below.

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…if you don’t have to move in any particular directions or have a strenuous job, which isn’t the case for most of us. The fascinating issue with chronic pain, such as arthritic pain, TN (trigeminal neuralgia), or fibromyalgia is that resting doesn’t seem to help. In fact, moving seems to keep the pain at a minimum.

Many books have been written about pain, but one that is my favorite is Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, written by Sharon Heller. This book defines an issue called Sensory Defensiveness that seems to follow those who have chronic pain. Our senses get flooded very easily, because our neural pathways are already working overtime, sending pain signals to and from the brain almost constantly.

One clear way of helping the issue of pain is to confuse the brain and the neural pathways by stimulating other nerve centers of the body. You can do this by brushing the inside of your palm with a soft, baby brush. You can wear ankle weights or put on a weighted vest. Some people with chronic pain and sensory defensive issues might even use a weighted pillow on their lap during work to keep the pain centers confused while sitting.

All of these Occupational Therapy tricks are perfect for pain issues, but you may also need an anti-inflammatory as well. Most people prefer nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, because of the bad side effects of steroids. I would have to agree with this information. My pain relief daily has been for a long time a non-codiene-based pain medication called Tramadol, which in the last 2 years has moved to a schedule 3 drug. It is very effective for chronic pain, but may be harder to get these days as it is easy to become addicted to. However, if you talk to any doctor who treats arthritic pain, Tramadol is the go-to drug for most of us. It’s effective and doesn’t cause you to feel high or out of touch with reality. In fact, I can only tell of its effects now when I don’t take it.

The Buddha said:

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”

Five years ago I created my own daily challenge:

A Year to CLEAR Challenge!

The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf me in a study that will transform me by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give me wings to fly freely into my daily life. I wanted to share this with you.

My vision is to make Finding Authentic You Enterprises the blog and the physical book to have on your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.

As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.

The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.

The Daily Approach to Change Concerning any kind of Pain!

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Accessing the ability to change and finding your highest Self actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”

In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.

Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.

Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
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Facing Physical Pain

Two weeks ago I could have said that I am 95% pain free, after almost 10 years fighting crippling hip and back pain. But I raked my yard and have reinjured my lower back. I remember the pain of not being able to easily get out of bed every morning now, as the powerful pain awakens me. Honestly, I have to watch so I don’t slip into depression because of the pain.

Living with chronic pain is an issue that I work with all the time in my hypnosis and life coaching business. Managing pain is fairly easy if you understand the mechanics of pain and how it functions in your body. If, for instance, you strained a muscle in your back, as I did, then a message gets sent to your brain to protect that muscle. So, the muscles literally harden around the injury and causes loss of movement and challenges as you try to move in particular directions. For me, bending forward is very challenging.

So, the pain is supposed to act as a reminder to me to protect the injured muscle. Managing this particular pain should be easy, if I didn’t have to move in particular directions or teach yoga, which isn’t the case. The fascinating issue with chronic pain, such as arthritic pain, TN, or fibromyalgia is that resting doesn’t seem to help. In fact, moving seems to keep the pain at a minimum.

Many books have been written about pain, but one that is my favorite is “Too Loud, too Bright, too Fast, too Tight,” written by Sharon Heller. This book defines an issue called Sensory Defensiveness that seems to follow those who have chronic pain. Our senses get flooded very easily, because our neural pathways are already working overtime, sending pain signals to and from the brain almost constantly.

One way of helping the issue is to confuse the brain and the neural pathways by stimulating nerve centers. You can do this by brushing the inside of your palm with a soft, baby brush. You can wear ankle weights or put on a weighted vest. Some people with chronic pain and sensory defensive issues might even use a weighted pillow on their lap to keep the pain centers confused while sitting.

All of these Occupational Therapy tricks are perfect for pain issues, but you may also need an anti-inflammatory as well. Most people prefer nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, because of the bad side effects of steroids. I would have to agree with that. My pain relief daily has been for a long time a noncodiene-based pain medication called Tramadol. It is very effective for chronic pain.

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The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”

A Year to CLEAR Challenge!

The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.

My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.

As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.

The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.

The One-Year Approach to Change

No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”

In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.

Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.

Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
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Is Sickness Random?

Is Sickness Random?

Lately, my close friendships and family have been rife with sickness and death. As you move through these trials with friends and family you notice a permeating oneness in thought: “Why me?”

I can relate. I’ve been through many things in my life that I can say “why me?” to: child abuse, chronic stomach problems, an arthritic hip for ten years, a bus wreck at 8 years old that went down a mile long hill and landed in a swimming pool that caused neck and back pain my entire life. PTSD from an alcoholic/abusive father and a mother who left us when I was in the 4th grade and I didn’t see again until the 10th. Why did all this happen to me?

My brother says the same thing, and he is practically the antitheses of me. He has spent most of this life either in jail or drunk or high. I’m really not sure, because he doesn’t want to be contacted or found by his family except for money when it gets too bad.

I think about the difference in the both of us. There is really only one major difference. I chose to look at one thing and he didn’t: Why was I “chosen” for this path, God?

I would suppose my brother thinks simply, why me? Why is the world shitting on me?

It’s clear to me that from horrendous experience comes greatness. We can take the broken fragments of our shattered lives and rebuild something fabulous with the help of God, or we can let the shards be swept away by the wind and be left without a house to live in. I chose to rebuild with every fiber of my being.

I had to know what the purpose of my life was. I knew there was a calling in all of what happened to me, because God makes no mistakes. As I prayed and I fasted, I heard the voice of God calling me higher, out of the dust, out of the past and into something that could help others. I took the hand of that angel standing by me and grabbed hold and held it like a vice and never let go.

Today, I have something that I will never, ever let go of. A Calling. I know every day that I am called to do what I do in my work. Every day… Every week… I touch the lives of people and help them make change that I know I wouldn’t be able to do had I not experienced the hell I had gone through.

That is why I wanted to take the challenge of gaining the weight last week. I understand there are certain things you just can’t know unless you’ve been there. When I was having migraines 4 times a week. The pain was so bad. I kept telling myself, “This, too, is for a reason.”

Now, after finding Topirimate, which is a prophylactic medicine that prevents the migraines and has been successful for a year in helping me, I can not only recommend this med, but know what this kind of constant pain feels like when clients come to me in severe pain.

I now have the compassion to understand. That means so much to a client when someone has been to hell and back and knows his/her pain. Sometimes I think it means more to the client than actually being able to help him/her in some way. And when I’m able to use hypnosis or self-hypnosis to move a person from their trauma to hope, it makes all the difference in the world.

They are saved.. I am saved. The world is shifted in a great way. We all are changed by the shift in their paralysis.

Why? Because someone decided to look at life from a different perspective. Can you do that today?

 

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