Questions to ask yourself

If you’ve got pain I’m sure you’ll have asked yourself “why me?” “what did I do to deserve this?” and other such unanswerable questions. I don’t think any one of us with chronic pain will have escaped wondering if we’ve done something to create the situation we’re in – or wondered whether we’re just plain…

Mind chatter

Do you have a really nagging mind? One that chatters on even when you don’t want it to? Making little asides like “You should just keep going”, “you’ll never get through that”, “do you really think your pain is real?”, “what are you going to do about ….” Minds are like that. They hold a…

Pain interrupts!

If you have chronic pain of any type, you’ll know what I mean when I say that half my brain seems to have gone to sleep, especially on days when my pain is intense! There’s a reason for that, and it’s nothing to do with my age. When we have chronic pain, at least some…

Exercise and that’s all?

By far the most popular post I’ve written was the one about sticky back beliefs. You’d think from the response that I’d revolutionised the world! But basically, all I said was how we view our pain makes an enormous difference to how we experience it. It’s the same for exercise. Exercise can be such a…

Sticky back beliefs

Do you know the truth about your back? Let’s check it out: What did you say? Backs are actually amazingly well-designed. The vertebrae are linked together by strong ligaments, supported by powerful muscles, and yet they’re flexible enough to let you curl into a wee ball or twist to look behind or reach high above…

Smoking and chronic pain

Do you smoke to deal with your chronic pain? Do you wish you could quit but feel like it’s too hard, your pain’s too much, you need to smoke to deal with the stress? You’re not alone! Smoking must be the hardest addiction to quit. Each time you inhale, it takes nanoseconds for the nicotine…