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  1. RN64

    RN64 New Member

    I had success with Dr. Sarno's approach in 2006. I challenged the belief that pain = physical damage, I got active again, and the pain diminished.

    For the past 10 years or so, the pain has been back, and it's been getting worse in recent years. I am absolutely certain it's not caused by physical damage and that activity isn't dangerous. I fear the pain itself - because it's so unpleasant and interferes with my enjoyment of things. I'm trying not to restrict activity (unless it's excruciating) - but I often end up toughing it out and hating the experience. I had posted about this a few years back and based on the responses I got, this is common. I know I need to learn the mental skill of noticing what's happening with curiosity (instead of "oh no, this is terrible") ... I am practicing that but can't seem to shift into that frame of mind.

    My question is, has anyone else in this situation benefited from a medication like Lyrica or possibly an antidepressant? The reason I'm looking into it is that this approach acknowledges that the pain is coming from the brain - not some structural issue in the body. I am wondering if it could give me an extra boost in breaking the pain-fear cycle - the same way that medication can give someone an extra bit of help, in addition to therapy, in managing a mental illness.
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  2. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

    I am not giving any advice, but rather offering my personal, very humble opinion.

    Medication is not a solution, it is a contributor to the problem, and the chronic pain problem is in the ability to balance our nervous system and cope with the stresses of life. By getting on medication you may see a relief from pain, but you may end up with side effects, drug dependency and still with the same nervous system in need of a coping mechanism. I found meditation being more powerful than drugs as a mental health medicine.

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