This week I want to do something that was big in restaurants a short while back, I want to deconstruct your chronic pain issue. The first thing to do is to go back to the original injury. This isn’t some therapy trick, instead I want to discuss how you came to this pain and how that effects your ability to deal with it. If your pain was from a care accident, and you were strictly the passenger, or standing still, have you forgiven the other party? What if the accident was your fault? If this was a sports or hobby injury, do you still enjoy that activity or do you curse it? What if this was caused by a crime? How angry or afraid are you? Sometimes, it’s nothing more than a failed body. Like me, after several years and many injuries, my body just gave out. The result was a permanent disability. I could easily be bitter, especially with no one to blame but myself, fate, or worse—God. Then we have suffering that isn’t physical, suffering from loss or some unrequited desire. Of course, there’s mental anguish as well. When your mind won’t, or can’t, obey your own commands, what do you do?
The start of chronic pain has a point in history. What happened to you? How this whole thing started can be important. If you weren’t treated correctly at first, all future treatments can be adversely effected. Remember what we discussed regarding lack of sleep? It can have the effects of anger, lack of concentration, irritability, and a host of other problems. That first moment, if it is festering within you, can be doing the same. How about you? Do you understand what happened? Are you content with the journey you’re on? Are you able to move forward?