Overcoming chronic pain

Our brains are so incredibly powerful.  They control complex pain messages not only for injuries and illnesses. Chronic (long-term) pain can be the result of a medical condition, however there are instances when the cause is not known, making it more difficult to treat.  Pain can be emotional and psychological pain which can be as debilitating as physical pain.  If you do experience physical pain of any sort, you should always seek advice from your doctor prior to looking at alternatives.

In May I started working with a young lady named Maya.  When I first met her she could only walk a few steps, she was stooped over, shuffled into the room and was being supported by her Dad.  By working with Maya and getting to understand what had happened, we managed to make some incredible changes. Here is Maya’s story:

I was 17 and could barely walk when I met Jo. 

I got diagnosed with two chronic pain conditions (Fibromyalgia and Ehlers Danlos) last year and had a really bad flare up in January which resulted in hospitalisation. From there my condition was continually getting worse. Because of how bad my pain was I would stay in bed all day. I was unable to walk more than a couple of meters without someone supporting me and would collapse multiple times a day. I would shake when I walked, every step took all the energy I had, and would cause me mass amounts of pain. 

I went to see many medical professionals, tried different treatments and medications. Nothing worked. Then I met Jo and at the end of the first session she  told me to try to walk, I got up and was able to walk across the room on my own the way I did before I got ill. Now every day I am able to walk a bit better and do a bit more. My pain is nowhere as bad as it used to be and I’m able to go out more. Jo changed my life and has been the most important part of my recovery. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t of met her.Maya George, LondonI

have worked with many people with various pain problems and I was so pleased when Maya agreed to let me share her story of recovery.People don’t understand it to be possible. Many people (even fellow professionals in the care industry) were nonplussed, with one person being openly hostile and dismissive responding with ‘Do you think you are Jesus or something?‘  Au contraire. I have no delusions of grandeur.  I do however have an unshakable belief that our brilliant minds are capable of so many more things than we imagine possible.  Our brains are constructed in a way to allow for change, but only if we allow it.  Who knows what is possible?Whether dealing with over-active pain signals from an old injury or illness, or with physical problems which have manifested from unresolved or suppressed negative or painful emotions, you can either just accept it or at least try for change.  If you don’t try you’ll never know.