What Distracts You From the Pain?

Posted by Jen, Volunteer Mentor @sandytoes14, Oct 4, 2016

Hello!
We share what works (and what doesn’t) for us as far as medicines and surgeries,etc.
What works for you to give yourself a little break? I’m presently researching family history from the comfort of my recliner.

Many things distract me from pain. Interacting with my dogs is one of my favorites. Meditation is another. Getting out of the house going to the grocery store and or the pharmacy and visiting with the people there is another good one. Interacting on Facebook is another but it can be a real time suck just as these groups can be a real time suck however for the most part both our time well spent. Any time spent away from our pain is good time. Things that make our pain worse need to be avoided. The worst of these is depression. Depression accentuates your experience of pain and takes away your ability to deal with pain so anything you can do to limit your depression is a good idea. Drugs, counseling, eating right, and sleeping right are all good. Alternative Therapies that increase your sense of well-being are great. Dogs are great friends are great unfortunately people who suffered from depression for a long time tend to have less connections to other people. Let's face it, when we're in that situation we're not that much fun to be around if we're willing to open up and extend ourselves two others will find that others will bear with us. Love & blessings

I am a cancer survivor and have dealt with depression and chronic pain for 3 decades. I owe my survival to modern medicine but that does not deter me from using complimentary therapies to deal with the after effects of my cancer treatment, my pain, and my depression..
I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first Healing Touch session with Christine. I knew it involved energy work and I’d been practicing Qigong for several years so it interested me. She had me lie down and cover myself with a soft blanket. She said she needed to prepare herself and she went and stood by my feet. Before she touched me I could feel my feet tingling. I’m very sensitive to energy moving in my body. I wasn’t watching what she did but I felt her touch my foot and then my leg. She then moved one hand further up my leg. It was odd; I could still feel the first touch as if she had 3 hands which I was sure she didn’t.
During my second session 2 weeks later my feet did the same thing as in the first session. In addition each time her hand touched I felt a connection between that spot and a spot in my brain as if the two spots were sharing some sort energy.
After each of my two sessions I was very relaxed and invigorated. I experienced an increased sense of wellbeing and decreased levels of pain. My mind was very focused and clear. It was not unlike the way I feel after my Qigong teacher works on me. Both systems work with a set of points in the body that are common to Yoga, Thi Chi, Reflexology, and Acupuncture although these point may go by different names. Christine told me that Healing Touch refers to the Chakras,(sp.?).
These points and flows of energy have been understood by many cultures and are used in many forms of Healing. Healing Touch is the most recent to find its way to me and my efforts to heal myself. Maybe next time I’ll ask more about how it works. First I wanted to know if it works and it does for me. Thank you Christine.
Love and Blessing, Stephen

You can contact Christine at soulmountainhealingtouch@gmail.com
You can also find practitioners in your area. I look for one who is certifies or is in the process of working towards certification.

Hi @wsh66,

You may notice that I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion on the different ways of coping with chronic pain. The reasons I did this are:
– The many Connect members following the discussion will be notified, and can respond to your post.
– I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who have discussed much of what are experiencing.

If you are replying by email, I suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY so that you can read through some of the earlier messages and meet some of our other members talking about their or their or their loved ones' experiences, what's worked and what hasn't.

Thanks for sharing.

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Aside from medications, finding a position of relative comfort helps me, but it doesn't last long before I have to move.

To distract me from psycho pain, being in church, reading, playing the piano, knitting, sleeping do the trick.

Jim

@artscaping

Enjoyable distractions. You all have great ideas. I would also add at home Yoga as a practice not a work out. I have a Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation professional who put together a 20 minute program for me. The mind and the body together is best. And I make it a morning ritual. Then I use several types of Medical Marijuana to stay under the pain that escalates during the day. I suffer from Chronic Myofasial Pain and Tiny fiber neuropathy with shooting electric shock pain and “needles” in arms and legs. Has anyone heard of benefits from bariatric chambers? My pain is at its worst when the barometer goes south and there is a low pressure weather system. I wish you all freedom from suffering and the causes of suffering.

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Glad I found your post. This is me. Just diagnosed with Parsonage Turner Syndrome after a 5 level posterior cervical spine fusion. Trying to get my bearings.

@parus

My paint brushes. I now work smaller as sitting at an easel is no longer feasible. this is what I have been working on recently. Have wondered if any other members use creative adventures for distraction. This is a watercolor/colored pencil piece…Can call this one moving…humor also helps me. The reference material I used was a photo taken by Karen Brommelsick.
I cannot get this picture to rotate-sorry. I tried. Even I can confuse technology. Was vertical. Must be the size. Don’t know how to remove thus either. It was vertical. It is not mooooving!

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@parus
That is a beautiful cow you painted. I enjoyed seeing it closeup to see your technique. Your work is excellent! Im trying to get back into my artwork, but right now we're getting ready to move again, so no place to setup my supplies. Your work inspires me to keep working on finding a good spot in our new home in which to have a small studio setup. I can see how this distracts you from pain. I'm not doing enough right now to distract myself from the small amount of pain I have periodically. Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork.

Gailb
Mentor Volunteer

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@wsh66

I am a cancer survivor and have dealt with depression and chronic pain for 3 decades. I owe my survival to modern medicine but that does not deter me from using complimentary therapies to deal with the after effects of my cancer treatment, my pain, and my depression..
I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first Healing Touch session with Christine. I knew it involved energy work and I’d been practicing Qigong for several years so it interested me. She had me lie down and cover myself with a soft blanket. She said she needed to prepare herself and she went and stood by my feet. Before she touched me I could feel my feet tingling. I’m very sensitive to energy moving in my body. I wasn’t watching what she did but I felt her touch my foot and then my leg. She then moved one hand further up my leg. It was odd; I could still feel the first touch as if she had 3 hands which I was sure she didn’t.
During my second session 2 weeks later my feet did the same thing as in the first session. In addition each time her hand touched I felt a connection between that spot and a spot in my brain as if the two spots were sharing some sort energy.
After each of my two sessions I was very relaxed and invigorated. I experienced an increased sense of wellbeing and decreased levels of pain. My mind was very focused and clear. It was not unlike the way I feel after my Qigong teacher works on me. Both systems work with a set of points in the body that are common to Yoga, Thi Chi, Reflexology, and Acupuncture although these point may go by different names. Christine told me that Healing Touch refers to the Chakras,(sp.?).
These points and flows of energy have been understood by many cultures and are used in many forms of Healing. Healing Touch is the most recent to find its way to me and my efforts to heal myself. Maybe next time I’ll ask more about how it works. First I wanted to know if it works and it does for me. Thank you Christine.
Love and Blessing, Stephen

You can contact Christine at soulmountainhealingtouch@gmail.com
You can also find practitioners in your area. I look for one who is certifies or is in the process of working towards certification.

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@wsh66
I have been reading your posts with great interest. I have used various alternative therapies since I first started receiving counseling in the early 1970s. I found Gestault and multi – modal therapy worked best for my depression (stuffed anger) as I could physically work on my issues. I tend to stay in my head and intellectualize the issues and my learning rather than just let myself feel the emotions. Physical work got me out of my head.

In my early 30s I discovered yoga and loved it immediately. We had a VP at work who was a yoga instructor & held classes everyday at noon at work. I was quite limber and was good at it then. When I changed jobs after a very bad car accident in which I was cut out with the "jaws of life" I stopped the yoga and used chiropractors for several years to help with my neck and back pain.

I gained a lot of weight in my 40s to 50s, and decided to get back into yoga. I was too fat to do Child's Pose, but I worked at it and all the poses anyway. I was fortunate to have great yoga instructors and even though I didn't lose weight, I stayed quite limber. It was during my 50s and 60s I learned to do meditation after the yoga. I had moved to a Restorative Yoga program which was easier on my body. Sometimes during our yoga sessions the leader did "Yoga Nidra" with us. Wow! What a huge impact that had on me. I would feel relaxed and pain-free for about 2 weeks afterward. I loved how the Yoga Nidra meditation put me in touch with the different parts of my body, calling attention to the chakras, and ending with my taking a guided journey in my own expanded brain! I would always lose track of the voice guiding the session and go to places within me that left me feeling fantastic. I loved those sessions. Our leader at that time was ReNee DeTar, an instructor of yoga for teachers who were going to be certified. She is known worldwide and is part of the Himalayan Institute, and founded the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies, among other related activities. What a surprising opportunity to work with her in the small town of 524 people in which we both lived for about 5 years. I will be joining a Yoga in program where I now live in Orange County, California.

I agree that meditation helped relieve and distract me from my pain, in addition to laminectomy surgery a year ago on my L5-S1, and pain medications when needed. I believe that learning meditation and doing yoga for the years when I was younger have helped me be more limber now at 69 and easier to heal. I also had a gastric bypass surgery (RnY) in 2014, which was a great help in my search for better health. I made the decision to have the RnY during a Yoga Nidra meditation. I set the intention and followed through within the year.

I'm happy to hear of others who have used and continue to use alternative therapies along with traditional medicine for healing as we age. As a Volunteer Mentor with Mayo Connect now, I encourage others who are able to get out and join a Restorative Yoga program or a meditation program. If you can't get out on a regular basis, order a meditation tape or series and learn how to relax, envision your healthy self, and reduce/change your perception of pain. Each of us is different, so what works for one may not work for you. I will be picking up my paint brushes and drawing tools again soon as well as returning to yoga.

@wsh66

I am a cancer survivor and have dealt with depression and chronic pain for 3 decades. I owe my survival to modern medicine but that does not deter me from using complimentary therapies to deal with the after effects of my cancer treatment, my pain, and my depression..
I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first Healing Touch session with Christine. I knew it involved energy work and I’d been practicing Qigong for several years so it interested me. She had me lie down and cover myself with a soft blanket. She said she needed to prepare herself and she went and stood by my feet. Before she touched me I could feel my feet tingling. I’m very sensitive to energy moving in my body. I wasn’t watching what she did but I felt her touch my foot and then my leg. She then moved one hand further up my leg. It was odd; I could still feel the first touch as if she had 3 hands which I was sure she didn’t.
During my second session 2 weeks later my feet did the same thing as in the first session. In addition each time her hand touched I felt a connection between that spot and a spot in my brain as if the two spots were sharing some sort energy.
After each of my two sessions I was very relaxed and invigorated. I experienced an increased sense of wellbeing and decreased levels of pain. My mind was very focused and clear. It was not unlike the way I feel after my Qigong teacher works on me. Both systems work with a set of points in the body that are common to Yoga, Thi Chi, Reflexology, and Acupuncture although these point may go by different names. Christine told me that Healing Touch refers to the Chakras,(sp.?).
These points and flows of energy have been understood by many cultures and are used in many forms of Healing. Healing Touch is the most recent to find its way to me and my efforts to heal myself. Maybe next time I’ll ask more about how it works. First I wanted to know if it works and it does for me. Thank you Christine.
Love and Blessing, Stephen

You can contact Christine at soulmountainhealingtouch@gmail.com
You can also find practitioners in your area. I look for one who is certifies or is in the process of working towards certification.

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Wonderful journey incorporating yoga and meditation into your daily ritual. You really do well with the meditation. And I am sure that helps with Mindfullness. I also make every day begin with yoga and meditation and add Restorative once a week along with pain release massage. Please tell us more about yoga Nidra.

@wsh66

I am a cancer survivor and have dealt with depression and chronic pain for 3 decades. I owe my survival to modern medicine but that does not deter me from using complimentary therapies to deal with the after effects of my cancer treatment, my pain, and my depression..
I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first Healing Touch session with Christine. I knew it involved energy work and I’d been practicing Qigong for several years so it interested me. She had me lie down and cover myself with a soft blanket. She said she needed to prepare herself and she went and stood by my feet. Before she touched me I could feel my feet tingling. I’m very sensitive to energy moving in my body. I wasn’t watching what she did but I felt her touch my foot and then my leg. She then moved one hand further up my leg. It was odd; I could still feel the first touch as if she had 3 hands which I was sure she didn’t.
During my second session 2 weeks later my feet did the same thing as in the first session. In addition each time her hand touched I felt a connection between that spot and a spot in my brain as if the two spots were sharing some sort energy.
After each of my two sessions I was very relaxed and invigorated. I experienced an increased sense of wellbeing and decreased levels of pain. My mind was very focused and clear. It was not unlike the way I feel after my Qigong teacher works on me. Both systems work with a set of points in the body that are common to Yoga, Thi Chi, Reflexology, and Acupuncture although these point may go by different names. Christine told me that Healing Touch refers to the Chakras,(sp.?).
These points and flows of energy have been understood by many cultures and are used in many forms of Healing. Healing Touch is the most recent to find its way to me and my efforts to heal myself. Maybe next time I’ll ask more about how it works. First I wanted to know if it works and it does for me. Thank you Christine.
Love and Blessing, Stephen

You can contact Christine at soulmountainhealingtouch@gmail.com
You can also find practitioners in your area. I look for one who is certifies or is in the process of working towards certification.

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@artscaping

Thanks for asking about Yoga Nidra. I have posted a link below that will take you to a site that gives a full description of it. To tell you the truth, once I am in the experience, I get so absorbed in it that it's hard to describe it.

http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm

Just reading a part of the link put me in touch with the deep relaxation and freedom from thought I experience in Yoga Nidra. The site is very informative. I encourage checking it out. Now, I'm going back to the site and read more. 😉

Gailb
Volunteer Mentor

Wow that cow is amazing!!!

@wsh66

I am a cancer survivor and have dealt with depression and chronic pain for 3 decades. I owe my survival to modern medicine but that does not deter me from using complimentary therapies to deal with the after effects of my cancer treatment, my pain, and my depression..
I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first Healing Touch session with Christine. I knew it involved energy work and I’d been practicing Qigong for several years so it interested me. She had me lie down and cover myself with a soft blanket. She said she needed to prepare herself and she went and stood by my feet. Before she touched me I could feel my feet tingling. I’m very sensitive to energy moving in my body. I wasn’t watching what she did but I felt her touch my foot and then my leg. She then moved one hand further up my leg. It was odd; I could still feel the first touch as if she had 3 hands which I was sure she didn’t.
During my second session 2 weeks later my feet did the same thing as in the first session. In addition each time her hand touched I felt a connection between that spot and a spot in my brain as if the two spots were sharing some sort energy.
After each of my two sessions I was very relaxed and invigorated. I experienced an increased sense of wellbeing and decreased levels of pain. My mind was very focused and clear. It was not unlike the way I feel after my Qigong teacher works on me. Both systems work with a set of points in the body that are common to Yoga, Thi Chi, Reflexology, and Acupuncture although these point may go by different names. Christine told me that Healing Touch refers to the Chakras,(sp.?).
These points and flows of energy have been understood by many cultures and are used in many forms of Healing. Healing Touch is the most recent to find its way to me and my efforts to heal myself. Maybe next time I’ll ask more about how it works. First I wanted to know if it works and it does for me. Thank you Christine.
Love and Blessing, Stephen

You can contact Christine at soulmountainhealingtouch@gmail.com
You can also find practitioners in your area. I look for one who is certifies or is in the process of working towards certification.

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I used to do yoga. It's too hard physically now. I replaced it with Spring Forest Qigong. They say that yoga springs out of Qigong. Qigong has it's own set of beautiful movements and poses. Most I can only manage from a chair. I've been looking into Soaring Crane Qigong which focuses more on meditation. I stopped meditating for a while because I would fall asleep as soon as I started meditating. (sleep is it's own form of meditation). My GP recently put me on Adderall to stay awake so I'm back at it. My cancer treatment ravaged me physically, nearly killed me twice and left me needing a lot of sleep. Having only one lung to breath with tires you out as well. Fortunately I can drop into the "emptiness", and meditate at the drop of a hat. It's great but I keep losing my hats. Do you know about Qigong? I'm going to check out Yoga Nidra. Great to hear you paint. Why not attach an image to one of your posts. I spent my life making art, mostly glass. Have a look. stephenhodder.net or stephenhodder.com . I had to retire do to pain but I still play music and I'm getting into photography.

I want to check out Restorative yoga as well. These thing may not cure us but they sure do help keep the attitude positive which is 90% of the battle. Love and blessings Stephen

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@wsh66

I am a cancer survivor and have dealt with depression and chronic pain for 3 decades. I owe my survival to modern medicine but that does not deter me from using complimentary therapies to deal with the after effects of my cancer treatment, my pain, and my depression..
I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first Healing Touch session with Christine. I knew it involved energy work and I’d been practicing Qigong for several years so it interested me. She had me lie down and cover myself with a soft blanket. She said she needed to prepare herself and she went and stood by my feet. Before she touched me I could feel my feet tingling. I’m very sensitive to energy moving in my body. I wasn’t watching what she did but I felt her touch my foot and then my leg. She then moved one hand further up my leg. It was odd; I could still feel the first touch as if she had 3 hands which I was sure she didn’t.
During my second session 2 weeks later my feet did the same thing as in the first session. In addition each time her hand touched I felt a connection between that spot and a spot in my brain as if the two spots were sharing some sort energy.
After each of my two sessions I was very relaxed and invigorated. I experienced an increased sense of wellbeing and decreased levels of pain. My mind was very focused and clear. It was not unlike the way I feel after my Qigong teacher works on me. Both systems work with a set of points in the body that are common to Yoga, Thi Chi, Reflexology, and Acupuncture although these point may go by different names. Christine told me that Healing Touch refers to the Chakras,(sp.?).
These points and flows of energy have been understood by many cultures and are used in many forms of Healing. Healing Touch is the most recent to find its way to me and my efforts to heal myself. Maybe next time I’ll ask more about how it works. First I wanted to know if it works and it does for me. Thank you Christine.
Love and Blessing, Stephen

You can contact Christine at soulmountainhealingtouch@gmail.com
You can also find practitioners in your area. I look for one who is certifies or is in the process of working towards certification.

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Your work is just beautiful and you have had quite a career. Congratulations. I love your color choices…in the fine art glass…mesmerizing and very sensitive. I had a glass gallery for 13 years and would have loved to have represented. I do you. I amch so sorry you are struggling. I do participate in Qigong at St. Johns near St. Cloud. Restorative Yoga….is quite relaxing….the instructor helps you use props to increase the stretches. There are mostly men in my class and they sometimes call it Resnorative because they fall asleep easily. My best wishes to you…..and I will think of you as your journey continues. Please tell me more about Soaring Crane.

@susanlorrie

SandyToes,
I am working with a good doctor to wean me off the medication very slowly. I should not have sounded as if I didn’t appreciate my doctor. Unfortunately he changed groups and they wanted him to wean me down more quickly. It is my greatest wish to get completely off.

Oh happy day! It’s my 19th anniversary today. I have the most wonderful husband. Please send positive thoughts and/or prayers for him. He an unknown lung infection. I am desperately hoping it is not cancer. The past 19 years have been the best of my life! I could not live with out him.@susanlorrie

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Are you saying you are addicted to this med? If not, what is your Dr. Going to use for your pain?

@danavs

I have friends who help me, take me to doctors, buy groceries, etc., but I do feel they question my pain or it’s intensity and that hurts. To try to help take my mind off the pain, I play games on the computer, watch my favorite tv shows, and walk around on my walker as much as I can. and mostly pray and read the Psalms.

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People are visual. If you look a certain way, then they can associate with us. Have to show pain, let them help you. No need to be brave all the time?

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@danavs

I have friends who help me, take me to doctors, buy groceries, etc., but I do feel they question my pain or it’s intensity and that hurts. To try to help take my mind off the pain, I play games on the computer, watch my favorite tv shows, and walk around on my walker as much as I can. and mostly pray and read the Psalms.

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One thing is for certain I will not go around looking pathetic. Not at all sure how one shows pain. Cry, whine, be a pathetic? Sorry, I do not understand what you mean by showing pain and looking a certain way. I know a lot of people who whine and cry about their pain. No one wants to be around them.

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