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Suffering unexplainedly

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Pains in the back or the teeth or the head or the abdomen or the back fontanel or the legs. And in other places as well. Pain that is suffered day in and day out or intermittently without reason for years or months or always. Pain that is debilitating or sort of debilitating or debilitating but withstandable. Pain that is examined and named and dulled and excised—with a scapel or a drill or a laser. Pain that is medicated away or pressed away or slept away.

Pain that always comes back.

Pain can be unbearable, bearable, or determinedly-bearable.

Pain that a person is determined to bear gives strength when the pain is caused by irreparable damage. Overcoming the pain of an amputation or a paralyzed limb is not an easy task and it requires determination and ability to disregard the reality of the pain.

Pain that is unbearable requires attention, not determination to bear it, if the pain is overwhelming yet solvable. The solutions may not be straightforward, but there are solutions.

Pain that is bearable also requires attention. Chronic pain requires solutions that also may not be straightforward. The causes of chronic pain often require attention to physical, emotional, and even spiritual issues. Chronic pain is explored in this blog post: Life with pain.

The causes of pain are mutifaceted. Usually they can be overcome by awareness of emotions and behaviors. Yes, it might be easier to swallow a pill to make the symptoms abate temporarily, but relieving pain through solutions that have effects on the pain and on the underlying causes brings well-being.

 

 

Life with pain

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Back pain, headaches, knee pain, reflux, stomachaches, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), toothaches, constipation, tendonitis, neck pain, and more.

Pain occurs because of deliberate infliction, injury, poor choices, ill-use, and improper posture (when standing, sitting, reaching, lifting, reclining, or working). Pain can be interesting or fearsome, over-preened or overlooked, intense or annoying. The anticipation of pain is less frightening when awareness of its cause and extent are known. Chronic pain causes curbed activity, poor decision making, despair, and questioning.

Chronic pain is exhausting. Chronic pain can be empowering—if the pain enables refusal of unpleasant tasks (such as disliked household tasks) —or if the pain provides attention (for people who like to complain and feel that they don’t receive enough attention). Chronic pain is one more hurdle to overcome (for those who see it as a challenge) or defeat (for those who see it as an overwhelming obstacle).

Many therapies and lifestyle changes are able to reduce, and often rid, pain that is bothersome or chronic. People who suffer from pain benefit from introspective focus on the causes and intensification of their pain. Life with pain is not the given; it should be the exception.

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