Know Thy Enemy. It’s a simple concept that reverberates throughout society, but how much do we heed these ancient words or ponder why it’s good to know one’s enemy. It’s pretty simple, really. In order to battle something and win, we need to know how it operates, learn its weaknesses and strengths. We need to know where it might be most vulnerable so we can overcome its force. While this often applies to armies and politics, pain and health problems are really no different. We’re lost if we cannot understand the enemy we’re dealing with, from its original source to the allies its called in for reinforcements. While there are a number of ways to win against skirmishes with pain and make it seem a less formidable foe, we have to know the source of our pain in order to defeat it completely.
One of the first things this video says about pain is that when we understand how pain works, we feel less powerless in the face of it. Being a seasoned general in this war, I couldn’t agree more. The video is less than 5 minutes long, yet it explains a great deal about how pain works from a biological standpoint and includes a number of factors known to increase or decrease pain.
Why is this important? Because a multi-disciplinary holistic approach is often the best tactic to defeat pain. You can’t always address the original cause and win. Sometimes those allies are sore losers and keep the fight up for their lost foes. Sometimes the pain comes from another source, within our own camp. Things like losing familial support and friendships and other things that impact positive mental health can play an important role in the levels of pain we experience in chronic illness. Watch the video to find out more about the many contributors to chronic pain.
Knowing this, what are some of the things you can try to eliminate or reduce your pain levels? What were you surprised by the most? What did you feel resistant or skeptical about? Answering these questions could help you get to the bottom of these feelings and lead you to better paths of healing your pain.
On the flip side, what are some of the things that have brought you relief in the past that surprised you? Is it something you’re still utilizing or did it fall by the wayside? How much relief did you get from it at the time? Share it below in the comments! You just might be helping another chronic pain patient to find relief!
Now that you understand the many different mechanisms behind chronic pain, check out some of the great stuff we’ve reviewed that reduces pain in a variety of ways:
- ‘Hypermobility Without Tears’ and Jeannie Di Bon’s IMM
- AloeMD: Pain relief and healing in a simple cream
- Improving Your Mental Health Despite Chronic Illness
- Chronic Head Pain in EDS
- Fascia Treatments for EDS and Fibromyalgia
- Reducing Pain through Pet Therapy
- Our Medications and Supplements Section has even more ideas!
This video was also saved to our Youtube channel playlists where you can find many other symptom and condition specific lectures, exercise videos, and so much more.