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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…

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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.

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

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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.

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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.”

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Symptomatic and Problematic Pain #pain #sufferingwithpain #holisticmedicine #drugreactions #arthriticpain

As we get older our bodies seem to attract pain. Every day we wake up with a different malady. At eighty-something, my mother discusses her pains, pills, and doctor’s appointments more than she talks about what she’s making for dinner and what’s on television. In fact, almost everyone I know at that age has come to that. So, should we expect that when we reach into our eighties that our bodies are simply going to be an amalgam of so many diseases and maladies that our entire focus in life will be on physical care? Or does a better way exist?

If anyone thought about preparing for being older by watching his diet, exercising daily, meditating, and using holistic practices—it was I. In fact, at eighteen, I was a vegetarian, doing juice fasts, getting facials, exercising daily, and developing a spiritual practice, when all my friends were out smoking and drinking. Did it help me? I’m not so sure. I do look younger than most of them, but I believe I feel a little older than the majority.

When I first began to experience really horrific pain in my back, hips, and legs, I spent an entire year still teaching my yoga classes, taking loads of glucosamine, and refusing to believe that my body needed help. I kept saying to myself, “How can this be? I’m the healthiest person I know!” And, yet, there I was, in the doctor’s office, almost in tears, because I had trouble at forty years old getting out of bed in the morning.

I remember, before my father passed away, all the aches pains he had in his back and legs. When he got up from a chair, his entire body would quiver. I had been experiencing the same symptoms, and I simply was afraid I had turned into him.

The physician told me that I probably had a bad case of arthritis, which was inherited. (Those damn genes!) I probably did nothing to get the disease. In fact, how I lived my life was probably keeping the arthritic condition at bay for a long time. But soon, the inevitable caught up with me. The doctor told me that my pain could be lessened by taking an anti-inflammatory and using some medication to reduce the effects of the pain.

The physician was correct. After I began the medication, two weeks went by before I was able to lead a completely normal life again. I kicked myself in the pants a few times because I had spent so many days in pain that I had even become somewhat depressed. Just a couple of pills to manage my symptoms was so simple to have a normal life again.

However, what happens with most pills is you either become resistant to them or they have some severe side effects. So, you have to decide, do I want to continue having a better quality of life with the pills, so I’ll take another pill to continue this quality of life; or, do I stop taking the pill, go back to the original pain and try a different approach?

I have done both. I tried every form of homeopathic treatment from massage to acupuncture to reiki. You name it, I tried it. In fact, I did all of those before I ever tried conventional medicine. And, also, spent a lot of money trying every gadget on the Internet that promised to reduce pain. Where did I end up? Back at the doctors, begging for my medication again.

I don’t know if there is an answer to the problem of getting older or inheriting disease from your relatives. It’s just life! So, keep dancing through, as much as you can. When you come to an impasse, you simply have to make choices that will help you keep a quality of life that is joyful, peaceful, and pain-free. Usually, this is my litmus test for any medication, as I’ve come down to one incredibly simple solve: If I die five years earlier than I normally would have, because I’m increasing my quality of life now with pills that have long-term effects; then, so be it. I’d rather be happy right now and pain free, than managing pain my entire life. The latter, just isn’t life to me.

Just one simple caveat: Quality of life, to me, is being able to do yoga, sit comfortably to meditate, and living pain free.

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Bo works with people on SKYPE and FaceTime all over the world. He is taking new clients now. Call 954-253-6493 for information.

Take the time to look at Bo’s bookshelf of self-help books, novels, healing downloads, and yoga DVD. All of Bo’s books help people such as you, make SIGNIFICANT CHANGE with habits, find your SOULMATE, your PASSION, reach YOUR DREAMS, and dictate your own FUTURE.

Chosen to show his new hypnotherapeutic techniques on The Learning Channel (TLC) and also given the opportunity to teach at the world conference for Learning, and received the award of excellence for Helping Overcome Obesity in Nashville, Bo Sebastian is the writer and director of Finding Authentic You and Uncommon Gay Spiritual Warrior. Go directly to Amazon/Amazon Kindle to buy any of his wonderfully inspired books: ]

 

 

 

 

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Living with Arthritis Pain

Living with Arthritis Pain

As a yoga instructor for twenty some years, not too many people would know I have suffered from severe arthritic pain for the past seven years. At one point about four years ago, when I got out of bed in the morning, I would be hunched over like an feeble old man and in tremendous pain. Walking hurt. My back and hip took almost an hour to feel pliable enough to function normally throughout my day. Can you imagine what it felt like to teach yoga in that condition? Yet, I did, because I thought yoga would make me feel better. Most of the time, it made it worse, because I neglected the problem.

Initially, when the pain first started to come on, I went to see an orthopod. When he entered the office, the first task he asked me to do after I described my pain was to reach down and try to touch my toes. I bent over and my palms hit the floor. He said, “Get out of my office.” And he wasn’t kidding.

“But,” I said, “you don’t understand. I’m in great pain when I do this. I used to be able to do more and now it feels as if all of my muscles are seizing up.”

He pointed to the door and I left in dismay. It took me about four more years and many more worsening moment of pain before I would try to see another doctor. This time I went to my primary care physician at Vanderbilt. The regimen was Tramadol for the pain and inflammation. This helped considerably. In fact, just being able to handle the pain of living with arthritis is half of the problem. Still, I could tell that my body was fighting me at every step forward.

I have to say, this was a hard thing to admit as a yoga teacher and practitioner of the healing arts. I was also a vegetarian for a long time. Almost everything I ate and did for my spiritual and physical body seemed like the best thing I could possibly do. Yet, genetically, my father and mother and sisters were all plagued with the same disease. I thought I could stop it from affecting me, but I couldn’t. When the migraines compounded my problem, there was nothing I could do but try my best to find a cure.

There is a method of body healing called “Active Muscle Release,” which I was introduced to by the Titans on-field practitioner, Preston Wakefield. This technique finds the problem joints, presses into the muscles and then activates the joints and muscles with particular movements. It just so happened that my nephew Mark Guandolo was also studying this technique. He sent me a few videos of some exercises I could do with a fitness ball and a round cylinder similar to the long noodles children use to float in swimming pool, but wider, harder and shorter.

What I discovered was that my IT band was so tight that none of the muscles in my hips and back and iliopsoas could relax. So, we would roll on the side and front of the leg on this cylinder. When we would come to a place where it was painful, the practitioner would move my leg. It got to where I could do this on my own. I did it every night, along with about six different exercises. For the migraines I began a prophylactic medicine called Topomax, which almost completely got rid of the migraines.

My entire exercise process took about fifteen minutes a night. Along with this, I also began acupuncture at 7 Directions Acupuncture in Edgehill and also at East Nashville Acupuncture in East Nashville. These two places are community acupuncture facilities which charge a minimal 15-20 dollars per visit. So, I would go one to two times a week.

After about six months, I can tell you that there have been times that I have actually felt as if I have no arthritis. It does flair up when it rains or when the seasons are changing, but nothing like it used to.  I have taught this method to private clients as well, with great success.

I still take the Tramadol every day for the low grade pain. But the exercises keep me mobile and active like I remember feeling when I was 20 and 30.

If you’re having trouble with joint pain, leg pain, back pain, or hip pain caused by arthritis, there is hope!

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