The reality is that we have to listen to our body. Sometimes there is something really wrong with us, and there are signs. Signs that need to be listened to. However, other times we are ok. We are safe and we are healthy and we are ok. We are not causing damage to ourselves. What we really need to know is that "there is nothing wrong with you." Pain is very interesting as it is really a sign to your body that you are in danger. Be aware! But what about cancer? People can have cancer and no pain, their body did not alert them. Or a person can be missing a limb entirely from birth, and still feel it. True. How? The brain. The brain controls pain. Your brain can mislead you. Here are some basics adapted from Explain Pain:
1. The amount of pain you feel doesn't necessarily relate to the amount of tissue damage.
2. If your brain concludes you are in danger (based on sensors and excitatory chemicals), it will produce pain.
3. Tissue healing depends on blood supply—but all tissues can heal.
4. When pain persists, the danger alarm in the brain becomes more sensitive and thoughts and beliefs become more involved (and start causing trouble!)
5. The brain starts to become better at producing pain. (you get good at what you do).
6. How you understand and "think" about your pain will affect your pain and your quality of life.
7. By being patient and persistent, you can increase your activities in life.
Remind yourself in your next 1:1 chat with you: "Hurt does not always equal harm" and check in with YOU. More on pain and what you can do about it soon. Thoughts? Requests? Take care of You.