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I have just been on a pain management course, and learnt some interesting things that I would like to share.
I first thought this would be about giving me more efficient meds, and some tips for how to manage chronic pain - wrong!
They explained what happens in people with chronic pain. From what I understood it is the nerves that are behaving badly, and sending the wrong messages to the brain. They have become super-sensitive, but we don't know why. No amount of MRIs, scans, tests will show this.
So the brain reacts as it should, sending pain to parts of the body, as a warning. While this is going on a very primitive part of the brain notices, he is the health and safety officer ( their words) so he reacts to all this going on in some way, so we have all this pain for no good reason. The people who ran the course couldn't give answers to why this happens. I think most people have found it started with them as a response to an accident, trauma or emotional stress.
I don't know if I have explained this very well - hope so.
Anyway, what the pain clinic offers are courses on meditation, mindfulness, becoming more active and goal setting.
I have yet to start these courses, but wondered what others think, and has anyone else gone to pain management clinic?
Thank-you for bearing with me, this turned out to be along post!
Take care, Anne
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