On our search for the ultimate pain relief solution, we often bypass options that we have tried before and believe didn’t work. We also refuse to consider certain treatments because they do not fit in with our belief system, and some of them are just plain ‘out there’.
While I am sure there are treatments in the market that claim a miracle cure and just don’t measure up, there are equally as many good solutions that don’t work every time but are generally successful for the majority. So what could be going on here? Every one is different, we have different ancestry, different living habits, different attitudes. Could this be a clue as to why there is no “one size fits all” cure for managing pain?
And if this is the case, what approach would give each and every one of us the most benefit? I believe that if we approach the problem from more than one direction, then we have a better chance of addressing pain symptoms once and for all. This requires a fairly open mind in terms of what we are willing to do. If we believe that only a doctor can treat and cure a person of pain, then we have limited our options and this may harm our chances of a successful treatment.
But if we believe that our doctor (or chiropractor or osteopath) will help us in addition to meditation, and add to that an informed understanding of our dietary choices, what chance do we have of being more successful in our treatment? Look at the pain problem from the physical aspect, the emotional aspect, the mental aspect, even the spiritual aspect for those inclined.
If more than one of these aspects were contributing to our symptoms, how much better we would be by addressing each level by investigating recommended treatments on each level. For example, when dealing with lower back pain on the physical level, one could receive medication for severe and acute episodes, or manipulation from the chiropractor to realign the spine and give the supporting muscles a rest.
On the emotional level, we might investigate where we are feeling anger, resentment and rage that we have suppressed. The emotions don’t go away when we choose to ignore them, they have a sneaking tendency to turn up in another form. Acknowledge those emotions, don’t ignore them and don’t take them out on others. On the mental level, our understanding that the pain we are suffering has a genesis and a history.
Go back in your memory and think about what was happening at the time when the pain symptoms began, and then every acute incidence since then – what was happening in your life at that time. Also notice what your mind says to you when you are suffering – is it all negative, are you feeling sorry for yourself, are you asking ‘Why me?’ Keep a diary or a journal for all those times and note down your thoughts and your emotions about what is occurring within and without.
And on the spiritual level, ask for assistance in dealing with the pain, with finding a solution, with having a higher understanding of why this is being attracted in your life now. On this level it helps to give thanks for the good we do have in our lives, and even look for the blessings amongst the suffering that your pain is causing. This is not always easy, but it is a useful exercise nevertheless. If you have trouble with this one, pretend that it is so and eventually it will become so.