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Re: Coping with Chronic Pain JenStar

Posted by pinkeye on August 11, 2004, at 13:39:01

In reply to Re: Coping with Chronic Pain, posted by JenStar on August 10, 2004, at 23:24:30

Thanks JenStar. It is mostly physical symptoms for me, except if I am depressed, I perceive the pain as more, or feel more hopeles.. I can't really do much exercise now.
Actually it is not even so much coping up with the pain as the hopelssness of cure that is getting me down. It is a systematic disorder that doesn't have any cure as of now. Only the thought of living the rest of my life with this kind of pain makes me get very depressed. I would bear any amount of pain happily if only I knew it would go away after some time. I try to do what you have suggested, distract my mind with laughter or other stuff. But it is going on day after day, so how long can I keep doing that?

> Pinkeye,
> I'm so sorry you have chronic pain! Very sorry.
> Do you find that your mental state can affect the pain, or is it solely due to physical symptoms?
> Like the little chatterbox that I am, I'd love to start pulling suggestions out of my JenToolBox, but I'm not sure where to start.
> I'm tempted to offer "exercise", but I don't know if you already do, or if that might in fact make the problem worse.
> One thing that always helps me is laughter. One time when I was feeling very depressed and anxious and was having physical symptoms, I went with some friends to a comedy club. It was a RIOT. I laughed and laughed and laughed, and when I went home, I felt physically good all evening. Sometimes when I'm down I try to get humor books from the library because laughing eases things for me. I don't know if that would work for you. I know some pain is stronger than that and laughter may not affect it.
> I hope your pain gets better.
> Can I tell you some awful jokes in the hope that you might get a quick chuckle? Let me know!
> JenStar




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