Pain Clinic Experience continued

Continued from earlier blog

So, We had all given our “bio’s” & diagnosis’ while sitting in a semi-circle & up jumped the first speaker – who explained they were a Physiotherapist who was going to work with us to help us understand our pain experience…..

(ffs Its not like we’ve bought a bloody Red Letter event)

But apparently, this team of “experts” will help us all make changes in our lifestyles / perceptions which will benefit us – thereby minimise the pain we feel….

(At this point we are asked if we need a “stand up break” as they are aware we can possibly be in pain)

OK, So me & 11 other people (none of whom have Fibromyalgia, I was in a group which had people in who had sciatica, Arthritis, Frozen shoulder & a Hip replacement), are now taught about pain. a full 20 minutes on how the body reacts to & perceives pain & why……Seriously, We are then told how long the body takes to heal from damage – literally how long in weeks / months!

And then given notes to say – By definition – your pain, which has lasted past 6 months, is now Chronic……………………………..

(NO SHIT SHERLOCK!)

Then we were asked to go round the group & say what the Pain is stopping us from doing.. There were answers such as “lifting up my daughter”, “playing with my grandchildren”, Riding my motorbike”, “singing in my church choir” – I just said “being me”……….

(I knew this wasn’t for me….. I knew it)

So then we listened again as we were told that our issues were because our spinal cords were malfunctioning & pushing pain through at a rate higher & faster than is really happening, BUT they understand, to us it’s a real pain.. (As if that’s a good thing, Like we should be grateful they believe us) however it’s not a justified pain, it’s not in balance with actual injury……..

So, basically, All the problems that were in that room, were all down to a malfunctioning nervous system………………….

(hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm – I will write more soon (I’m exhausted & its just past 5pm) – Obviously that’s my nervous systems fault (Sarcastic bitch).)

LifeAsASpoonie

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One thought on “Pain Clinic Experience continued

  1. Except that recent research suggests that it is malfunctioning nerves in blood vessels that causes FM not a problem in the spine. http://guardianlv.com/2013/06/fibromyalgia-mystery-finally-solved/ Now I am sure that this is not going to be the whole answer but someone working in a pain clinic should know about this! They should also know about the research on what has been tried and helps and what doesn’t with FM! I have done a placement at a pain clinic some years ago now where they did not try and impose a one solution fits all answer to pain. The one you are going to doesn’t seem to have learned the lessons at least some others have.

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