Mastering Pain

Mastering Pain Method – The Basics

Welcome to the orientation course for the Mastering Pain Method training. These are the core lessons of the Mastering Pain Method, providing insight into the overwhelming problem with pain in our society, the biological root of all pain experiences, the key scientific principles of pain mastery, and the biological rationales for each and every tool taught.

Learning Objectives:

To be able to describe the primary physical systems we can change to change the pain experience.

To be able to identify how these primary systems match the complex components of pain on our pain compass.

These core lessons are aimed at providing the framework for all future lessons. We developed these lessons to give you clearer understanding of the Mastering Pain Method, the rationale, the ins and outs of the approach, the goals, and the basics of biological basis for the skills training.

In response to reading my blog, one reader suggested that I might consider changing my point of view about pain, and perhaps stop fighting it. Instead it is suggested that perhaps changing this might actually improve my long term experience of pain, and perhaps make it more something I can live with and accomodate rather than something that continues to drive me crazy every day.

After reading his response to my blog I decided to go online and see if there were any other approaches to pain management I could take on myself. I should say, non drug treatment that might hold out hope for a better life in the future for me.
Needless to say, this is a newer approach for me, but one not without precedence. For years and years I believed that diabetes was a disease about which I could do little, except take the medications prescribed for me by my doctors and try my best to accept that it was inevitable. The truth is that I always had more control over the disease than I was willing to exercise, and if I had really understand it, I could have begun addressing my diabetic behaviour years and years ago.

Maybe I could have avoided diabetic neuropathy and a whole host of other problems I’ve had as a result of my diabetes.

But I failed to listen to options which might actually have helped, and now am faced with having to make substantive changes I should have made years ago.

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The same thing may be true about pain. Pain is happening in my body. Whose body? Mine. As it has increased over the past five years I have merely been dreading it’s inevitable progress as I have experienced more and more pain. Well, that’s done.

My first step towards managing my pain is for me to understand it better. Thus the Mastering Pain Institute, and their program of study to better understand our pain, and to do something about it.

I am adding this to my journey of fasting and lifestyle changes in order to save my own life, and to improve it as much as is possible from what I learn.

I’m looking forward to learning more.

6 thoughts on “Mastering Pain

  1. Ive been sick for the longest time, I eventually changed my priorities into being comfortable, the pain is still there but you can handle it much easier, it even becomes enjoyable. Theres no point to keep pushing forward when you are so miserable.

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  2. Pain is such an individual experience. We all have different perceptions of what Pain is according to our life experiences and how long we have experienced it.

    I am a Fibromyalgia sufferer apart from the nerve damage of 2 spinal surgeries, constant nerve compression (of which nerve blocks and facet joint blocks didn’t work) and several other extremely painful health conditions including daily bad to severe headaches, 24/7, for several years.

    A normal healthy person has a bad headache and they say they have a migraine, but a true migraine can be so extreme as to wipe the recipient out for 3-4 days, leaving them in the dark, nauseous and totally disabled. So a normal healthy person’s perception of Pain is totally different from mine (or yours, Donald).

    I remember being in the local hospital E.R. some 15+ years ago after a bad fall and presenting to the E.R. with a golfball-sized lump on my shin in extreme pain, but hearing how I fell, they immedicately Xrayed my shoulder and discovered I’d broken it. Not a serious break to be sure, but I didn’t feel a thing in my shoulder. My shin hurt so much, I didn’t feel any other pain, despite having a chronic all-over body ‘pain’ condition.

    I was waiting on the doctor and could hear a female screaming in agony in a (supposedly) soundproof room in the E.R. and I asked the nurse what was wrong. Oh, she has Fibromyalgia, the nurse said. I gave a rather weak smile and said to myself, well, she’d better get used to it. Screaming doesn’t help. Tensing and rejecting this new experience of agonising pain only makes it worse.

    I heard many people say you should accept the pain and allow it to be what it is. It’s a hard thing to do when you’ve been in severe pain for most of the last 39 years, but there comes a time when you do learn to manage some of that pain and some days when you can actually reduce it to a tolerable level. I took up photography 9 years ago when I had to quit work, and discovered that I became so totally absorbed in looking for, and photographing, birds that I’d arrive home almost pain-free. A miracle I thought. But I had become so obsessed with holding the camera perfectly still and getting the perfect bird photo, it overcame the severe pain.

    It may be that one learns to live with it (the pain). You never get rid of it, but you can learn to live with it or distract yourself from it (sometimes). I have a particularly good Buddhist film on Chinese Hermits living in the mountains and every time I am totally overwhelmed with pain or tension, I watch it. Not much dialogue, but I am calmed every single time by the sounds of nature and the forest, and the cool, calm voice of the monks and the Buddhist teachings. I must have watched this DVD hundreds and hundreds of times and it really does help.

    It seeps deep into my pain fibres and nerve pain. It seems to calm them, somewhat like a Meditation.

    I really encourage you to explore as many different kinds of natural Pain treatment you can and open your mind to things you may never have thought were logical or believable. Try them all and one day, you may be as lucky as I have been to find some simple techniques that help.

    Nerve pain is agonizing, unbelievable in its intensity, but some people do find some relief. Yes, I do take prescription analgesics first thing in the morning which give me a window of about 5 hours of minimal pain, then I have to get through about 8 hours of pain before my late evening dose which helps me sleep. I refuse to take more so I don’t get addicted to them, but most days, especially if I’m outdoors listening to the birds, the pain does takes a ‘back seat’

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