Pain, The Basics

The Science of Pain

Neuroscience has shown that yes, pain really is in our heads. Our sensation of pain is the result of many complex processes throughout the body that then arrive in our minds. When stung by a bee the messages from our skin race to our mind where instantaneous and complex interpretations of that signal bring the message of pain, and severity of it, to our consciousness. That elaborate process is unique to every single individual so what hurts you and what hurts me and to what degree and for how long are all our unique experience and one cannot be compared to the other except in the most rudimentary of fashions. 052Science has much to learn about pain and they are, right now, as we speak….

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Meeting Our Trouble

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. For trouble creates its own capacity to handle it; it needs no help from my quarter.

Oliver Wendal Holmes said, ” I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.”

Those of us in chronic pain know trouble intimately. And like any intimate relationship we come to know well, like looking through a kaleidoscope, its countless manifestations and myriad faces. How we craft our relationship is…


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Take a left, take a right, life is full of choices, every moment of every day.

Chronic pain is not a choice anyone would make but, as life is known to do now and again, some choices are made for us, without any consent required or heeded .

Theses are our fate.

Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is the wriggle.” ~ E.M.Forester