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6 Common Misconceptions About Chronic Pain [CC English & Español] | Kati Morton

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Everyone feels pain in their lifetime. This could be because we got a paper cut, or stubbed our toe. We feel a sharp pain in the area that was affected and it goes away after a short period of time. Chronic pain is a bit different. The pain that you feel doesn’t go away, and can last for weeks, months, or even years. Doctors often describe chronic pain as being any pain that lasts 3-6 months or more. It is estimated that 1.2 billion people around the world suffer with chronic pain. Chronic pain prevents us from doing our jobs, spending time with our loved ones, and living our life to the fullest. Therefore, I believe it’s really important that we understand it and have some ways to best treat it. So let’s get into the 6 most common myths and misconceptions about chronic pain:
1. That all pain has a cause. Many people experience neurological pain (caused by damage or disease in the nerves) which isn’t something you can always detect.
2. That pain is your only symptom. It’s obviously the one that is bothering us the most, but our mind can create pain when there isn’t anything physically wrong.
3. That it’s just part of getting older. Nope! While getting older does make us more susceptible to aches and pains it doesn’t mean that we have to hurt all the time.
4. That you shouldn’t exercise when you have chronic pain, you’ll just injure yourself. Rest doesn’t always make our chronic pain better, in fact it can actually make things worse. As long as your doctor approves, you should begin incorporating regular exercise into your schedule.
5. Surgery is your best option for resolution. That would be like saying that everyone with depression needs to do CBT based treatment and that that is their only option. Sure it can help some of us, but it’s not going to be necessary or helpful for all of us.
6. That chronic pain, if left untreated, can kill you. Sure pain can really impact our life and our ability to function fully, but it’s not going to kill you.
Ways to better cope!
1. Pathways App! They have sponsored this video and have created an app that utilizes scientifically proven methods to retrain your brain to stop pain. It helps you better understand your diagnosis as well as your specific pain. They even help you connect past trauma experiences and how those may affect your mental health and therefore affect your pain levels! It’s amazing, and they offer over 70 sessions for chronic pain help. A quarter of those sessions are available for free, and you can access them now by downloading their app! They offer a money back guarantee, so there’s no financial risk for giving it a try.
2. Therapy! Just like I mentioned throughout this entire video, our mental health can affect how we feel and even cause pain. If you think that a past trauma or experience could been adding to your chronic pain, reach out!
3. Alternative treatments. Like I talked about before, massage, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, therapy dogs, etc. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Now I know everyone’s experience and treatment is going to be different, but just give some other treatments a try, because you never know what could help.
4. Medication. I know not everyone wants to try medication, or is even open to the concept. But I just wanted to mention it so that you know it’s an option.Order my book today!
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