Musculoskeletal pain sufferers are one of the most difficult types of patients for doctors to treat. An informal survey of MDs and chiropractors indicated that chronic pain patients “are not their favorite” to treat, and it’s not hard to understand why.
When drugs, surgery, physical therapy or chiropractic adjustments fail to resolve pain, the patient keeps coming back, reporting the bad news to the provider. The office visit becomes an emotional outlet for the patient as the patient speaks at length of where it hurts, how it feels, and so on; sometimes getting emotional. And the doctor has to absorb all of this outpouring, which wears him/her down emotionally and physically. It makes the provider feel as though he or she has failed; or feel powerless and ineffective. Without admitting it, the doctors just want these pain patient to “go away.” They do their best to say something, anything to hopefully appease the patient until that dreaded next appointment. By this time, the patient has already gone through prescription meds and did all the things the doctor said to do, so the doctor doesn’t have much left to offer. It leads to frustration for both the patient and doctor.
Some doctors go so far as to discharge (get rid of) the patient against his asking, passing him on to another doctor.
It’s one of those things that is not well known to pain sufferers, but is a reality in hospitals and clinics across the world.
But consider this: when something happens in your life that you initially perceive as “bad,” it can actually be a good thing in disguise. It happens a lot. Such jolting, pivotal moments like being discharged by your doctor are like re-setting a frozen computer: it takes you out of a non-productive cycle and forces you re-assess your situation. It removes the dependency factor and makes you look elsewhere for answers, increasing your chances of finding the right one for you.
So, if you suffer from back pain and haven’t gotten results from medications, it could be a good thing. Explore other avenues that might give you better results, without the toxicity.
I am currently investing a lot of time reviewing the case histories of the thousands of pain patients I have seen over the years and taking note of commonalities; some of which I mentioned in the previous post. While many of them did have degenerative changes in their spine which were not reversible, many also were not at that point yet, but were on their way. I noticed that many lacked knowledge on how to keep their spine flexible and healthy, and/or were of a mindset that ignored the importance of staying active. They believed that work (their job) was a top priority in their life and allowed it to consume most of their waking hours, pushing aside other important, vital things like exercising, removing stressors, resting and relaxation, and eating a healthy diet.
I understand that life is full of difficulties and challenges– we all have them. We convince ourselves that we will get fired if we don’t put in x-amount of hours per day at the job. We convince ourselves that exercising isn’t all that important, and that it feels really uncomfortable and is something to avoid. We convince ourselves that it’s too much effort to research healthy foods and supplements, and that eating the same junk food or highly processed food won’t hurt our health. These are all being generated in the subconscious mind, considered the main driver of behavior and decision-making.
Well, this is a mindset that is common to, in my estimation, over 80% of all the back pain sufferers I have treated. Mindset— your set attitudes and beliefs– is what drives your actions; and much too often it drives actions that are “the path of least resistance.” Yes, it’s human nature, but it’s also the thing that is keeping your body from healing itself.
You may be thinking, “I tried to cure my back pain with exercises but I still have the pain.”
For pain resolution, I believe that it’s not just the exercises themselves that are important; it’s the specific ones and knowing what they do; the sequence in which you do them, the frequency in which you do them and concurrent activities involving nutrition, sleep, meditation, breathing and others that altogether will produce the best results.
This concept describes the upcoming, comprehensive pain relief program I am designing that will help people conquer their pain once and for all, without harmful drugs or surgery. It will be a multi-media course based on video demonstrations of numerous powerful healthy lifestyle strategies, as though you were in my office. I’m really excited about it, because I know that it is going to help millions of people manage and even eradicate their chronic pain problem.
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