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Do We Have to "Learn to Live with It"?

           "Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."

                                                           - Colin Powell

Pain is a messenger.  Its role is to announce that a problem exists and needs attention.  If we are lucky, the pain disappears when we take care of the problem.  At least it gradually makes an exit, as, for example, if we clean a cut and put a bandage on it.  Or if we medicate ourselves as directed for some internal upset.

Reality shows us, however, that it doesn't always work that way.  Sometimes after being treated for the cause of the pain, we know the reason has been identified.  We have received the message.  The treatment is underway.  Maybe the original problem is actually gone.  But the pain is still there, hanging around like a hungry mosquito.

Maybe it's pain associated with cancer treatment or some other serious medical process.  Maybe it's that strange phenomenon known as phantom limb pain, the irrational sensation of discomfort where there is no longer an arm or leg!

Sometimes drugs can help, yet there are limitations to what medicines can do.  Because of undesirable side effects, low tolerance levels, drug interactions, or the threat of addiction, it is not always possible to control pain with these drugs.  What then?

Do we absolutely have to adjust to this unwanted pain?  Is there nothing else to do but learn to live with it?  How can we keep unneeded pain under control so that it doesn't dominate every moment? 

The process of self-hypnosis can be learned and applied for pain relief.  Using untapped resources of the mind, it is possible to find among various techniques, something that can relieve unproductive pain and its related suffering.  There is a certain amount of control available after all.

It is quite rewarding to find that personal control over some aspect of pain is within our reach.  In Dr. Andrew Weil's August, 2004 newsletter, Self-Healing, he lists a few conditions that respond to hypnotherapy.  Regarding pain, he says, "In a meta-analysis of 18 studies, hypnosis relieved pain in 75 percent of the people studied."  He goes on to say, "I often recommend hypnotherapy as part of an integrative treatment program for chronic pain conditions…"

We can appreciate our pain for making us aware of something that needs correction.  Using appropriate medical procedures, we can do everything possible to make the correction.  With some training, we can also enroll our mind's God-given abilities to help us with the journey to healing.  We can "learn to live with" the optimism that there is personal help available.  


          To reach Lainey, you can call Circleville Hypnotherapy, at 740-474-3417.