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It doesn’t hurt if I don’t notice

Posted Jul 15 2012 12:00am

I’ve been grappling a bit with pain, lately. The headaches that used to dog me are back, and I’ve been having a lot of pain in my neck, lower back, shoulders, hands, wrists… lots of places I used to have pain, but then wasn’t bothered (as much) for a while.

It seems to be bothering me more, lately. I know the headaches that used to make my days a living hell subsided considerably when I started seeing a chiro, and my neck was doing better. But I don’t have the money for the chiro anymore, and I also don’t have the time or availability to see them regularly, so there’s not much point. I’ve been doing some stretching, trying to stay fairly active, and I’ve been focusing my breathing exercises on noticing the sensations in my body, so I can track them.

It’s hard… not sure why it’s harder now than it was before. I think the longer commute is tearing the living crap out of me, with the prolonged sitting. And sitting longer and more at work isn’t helping, either. I have resolved many times to start taking regular breaks, but I never seem to be at a “stopping point”. It’s my fault, entirely. I have control over my schedule. I just get stuck in a rut. Must do something about that. Really.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that even on days when my pain is up around an 8.5 out of 10, if I can immerse myself in some activity, some reading, some work, and completely pay attention to that, it gets my mind off the pain, and I don’t even feel it anymore. Of course, when I get up again to move, it comes back, but while I’m 100% focused on something I’m doing, it’s not a problem.

So, I’ve been spending time trying to find ways I can get my mind onto other things and cut the pain that way. I’ll eventually need to find ways I can cut the pain when I’m not in some intense concentration zone, I suppose, but for now, finding something more compelling to think about than my pain is the only solution I can come up with.

That, and ibuprofen.

Oh, and some homeopathic pellets I came across. I used to take them and they helped somewhat. I’ll have to start taking them again. Magnesium phosphate 6x or 30x. It seems to help.

Anyway, it’s a beautiful day, and I have a ton of stuff to do, including help a friend find another car theirs died in a parking lot, when a belt failed and the engine blew. Tough break. But it’s fixable.

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