Dr. James Hudson wrote this telling and controversial article published November 27, 2019 in the Washington Post – generating 1,400 comments.
The article expressed his views regarding the growth of opioid prescriptions and the importance of reducing the fear of chronic pain.
Whether you agree or disagree with his thoughts regarding opioids, there is merit in exploring his contention regarding the fear of pain. Research has shown pain related fear is associated with more pain intensity and disability.
In one part of the article, Dr. Hudson shared what I think is an extremely helpful metaphor:
“In many ways, learning to live with chronic pain is like learning to live next to the El in Chicago. This above ground transit system is old and loud. It roars past homes and businesses. Nearby residents feel the vibrations; it can be so noisy that they pause their conversations while the train goes by. Yet those who think a lower rent is worth the annoyance report that the sound soon ceases to be disruptive. You get used to it. Getting angry every time a train passes is a sure way to obsess over it. Our body’s pain system works the same way. The more we learn to calm it down, the less it bothers us; the more we try to be pain free, the more it takes over our lives.”
What has been your experience? Can you relate to what he wrote in the article about accepting pain and not being afraid of it?
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