Thursday, May 9, 2013

3 Ways I Cope With Chronic Pain

I could never have imagined that chronic migraines and fibromyalgia would invade and take over my life the way they have over the last 7 years. They forced their way into every nook and cranny of me, forcing all kinds of unwanted, unwelcome changes. Honestly, I think my coping techniques could use some professional help. Help, which until now, has been just out of reach due to my insurance. That being said, I've done okay on my own up to now with these three techniques.

1. Laughing. Finding things to laugh about has been huge. Funny how something as simple as a laugh can release my built up tensions and put me in a better frame of mind. Both of which are critical to the coping process. These light moments also provide some much needed balance to and respite from my usually heavy thoughts and feelings.

2. Learning. Learning what I can about my conditions helps me to better understand what I'm going through. I need this intellectual component in order to process all this crap. It helps me to feel less alone and less crazy. Part of that therapeutic learning has been learning about my fellow chronic migraine suffers and how they handle all the various aspects of chronic pain.

3. Thinking. It's far too easy for my thoughts to be negative and defeating. I'm working hard these days to keep them calm and positive in an effort to make me feel calm and positive. It's tricky and I certainly have plenty of room for improvement but I know that I have some power over my thoughts and they, in turn, have some power over my ability to cope.

I'm really looking forward to finding a good counselor to help tighten up my coping techniques in the months and years ahead. This is by far the biggest challenge I've ever faced but I am determined to live the best I can despite it all.


  1. They say laughter is the best medicine. I don't laugh as much as I use to and I need to work on that. I loved your blog and how you've outlined it with some very practical tips. Getting a therapist was the best thing I did for myself and a great asset to have. I hope and pray you can get one. Maybe start with a minister or pastor, like I did, until we got to the point he could no longer help me and then w/a referral insurance covered most of my visits. Insurance Bites! I pray you can find some relief from your suffering and pain. Blessings to you.