By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-01-17 13:46:18 -0600
Started 2015-01-16 11:51:34 -0600

I get a number of science newsletters. I got one today that says that there are two area of the
the brain that register pain. It also says you can modify your pain by thinking. So I thought I would try it. I have a messed up spine. The part in my neck causes pain as it is hard to exercise the neck. I noticed in the past when I was really interested in something, as I often am, my pain went away. When I was bored or just didn't have an active interest in something the pain in my neck returned. So I figure when my neck didn't hurt it is because I distracted myself by using a different part of my brain. Have you ever had that experience? I am very interested in this subject and now my neck doesn't hurt.

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RosalieM 2015-01-17 13:46:18 -0600 Report

Our brain is amazing, and I suspect when we learn to use our mind in concert with our brain, we will be even more amazed. I am trying some things and it is so interesting and useful too.

GabbyPA 2015-01-17 08:25:59 -0600 Report

That is often why at night, when we are trying to sleep, pain can take over. Our minds are trying to rest and the pain is still there.
My husband can "think" headaches away. Your mind is pretty amazing.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-16 23:49:09 -0600 Report

I've been struggling with a lot of back pain the past few weeks (see my recent post), I started a class this week, and was fully distracted most all day. Although I did have some pain, probably the same amount of pain, I was distracted, my mind was not on the pain, it was on what I was studying, so the pain did not bother me as much. The minute I left class and got into the car to go home, the pain was intense, probably from having been sitting in a computer chair for 8 hours. Heidi

RosalieM 2015-01-17 06:01:28 -0600 Report

It really does work doesn't it. I understand that pain clinic teach this. For me it is helpful to understand that is how it works. I will try to keep myself distracted from the pain as much as I can. The pain was gone for a whole year. Yet I know nothing in spine changed. I was working so hard for the last year, I didn't have time to focus on pain so it was gone. When I decided to not work so hard because it wasn't good for me either, the pain came back. Now I am trying to find balance. It seems to be working.
I wonder how this figures into fibromyalgia?

lilleyheidi 2015-01-17 06:31:43 -0600 Report

I do have fibro, and I've not found anything that can relieve that. I do do PT for it, and that is somewhat helpful. I've not really tried distraction, but I don't know why it wouldn't work, it is helpful for most things.

RosalieM 2015-01-17 07:30:16 -0600 Report

I suspect distraction is the same as not focusing on something. If you came to think you had fibromyalgia, which I am sure you do. It may be that it is the focus that registers the pain on the brain.
I have found that exercise makes my pain go away and lack of it brings it on. I have pain in my knee, shoulder and hip, I am old. If I don't get a certain level of exercise the pain shows up.
The pain in my neck I can't exercise away so I have to refocus to get rid of it. But I can get rid of it. With these tricks, I am pain free. I have to swim laps for
the stenosis and scoleosis ( curved spine). Besides being pain free, I can move easily. When we experience pain, we move different and that registers on the brain too and it becomes a habit of the brain. I just read a book all about the brain.

jayabee52 2015-01-16 12:12:17 -0600 Report

Howdy Rose
Yes I have had such an experience. When I was in my youth the local dentist didn't believe in using novocaine. So one just had to take the pain of drilling teeth. One time I decided to try an experiment and intensly focus my mind on other things. I can say that the drilling didn't hurt that time, even though the mental effort was really exhausting.

I moved away from that dentist and went to college and my next dentist used novocaine when needing to drill teeth, so I never had to do that again.

I don't know how it would be for constant pain.

I had noticed that when I was dancing I didn't have the burning pain of neuropathy. I thought that was due to the endorphin high I got from the dancing.

God's best to you


RosalieM 2015-01-16 14:23:12 -0600 Report

Hi James,
That is so interesting. I have a hunch your neuropathy pain was relieved because the dancing you were doing engaged a different part of your brain
so the part that registered pain didn't get your attention. So focusing on the pain may make the pain worse. I can lower my blood pressure with my brain. If you want to try it, when you are having your blood pressure taken,
focus intently on it and see if it works for you. Something else I learned is
the brain effects the body we all know that. , What I didn't know until recently is what we do with our body also affects the brain. I experienced it myself recently. I am going to be more care full about what I do with my body as a result of this experience.

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