I have seen people write about pain as a means of motivation. Pain is a powerful motivator to not feel pain! I will do anything to prevent and avoid pain. When my very bright Nephew was about six years old, he informed his Mother he wanted to build rockets. She asked him what he thought he needed to accomplish that, expecting him to rattle off a list of materials. He surrendered, “I think I need to learn how to read”. He was soon reading at a 4th grade level followed by a high school level, then college level within a matter of months. This is an inspirational analogy I tap into each time I am challenged and need motivation.
Pain begets pain. Like my Nephew, I succumbed to learning how to do something other than my motivational interest for creating my own “pain-free pass“. I had to cook. I knew how to cook and even enjoyed baking, but had to cook as an avenue to apply my prescriptive knowledge. I do it every day for every meal, creating “designer” recipes to augment my biochemistry to offset chronic Crohn’s induced pain.
Eating and living virtually pain free is my reward and goal. Having to cook from scratch several times a day produces another type of pain which I obviously prefer over the physiological pain. I share my methodology during independent consults and attempt to share the broader strokes with a wider audience through the internet. As I recently wrote, electronic technology is another painful side effect to my process.
Pain infiltrates every aspect of life impacting mood, perspective and even the way I carry & present myself. I failed to understand why anyone holds on to their pain. We see people in our practice who suffer severe injuries and have degenerative conditions, causing them to live with chronic pain. Pain may serve as their own brand of motivator, challenging them to move in alternative directions.
In recognition of Arbor Day we celebrate today, some trees offer pain relief. Pycnogenols from the French maritime pine bark are potent pain relievers. The antioxidant OPC’s (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) work synergistically with Vitamin C reducing inflammation and increasing circulation. Additional modalities for pain attenuation may be explored in ‘Posts of hypnotic Suggestion’ and ‘Life Beyond Pain’.