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Mind Tricks for Relieving Pain

Uncomfortably Numb

While the above tips are effective solutions for acute, short-term pain, don’t be a cowgirl when it comes to chronic ailments. Tuning out important signals, such as the pain that can come with a growing breast tumor or the sharp, uncomfortable pangs of uterine fibroids, can have serious long-term health consequences.

What’s more, a review published in the journal Anesthesiology found that people who actively tried to ignore their long-term pain might hurt more. “Left untreated, chronic pain often gets worse over time; the nerve pathways become more sensitive and pain sensations escalate,” explains Long. “After a while, the feeling can end up lingering even after the actual tissue or bone has healed.”

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Look at it this way: A high pain threshold is definitely a quality to be thankful for–but when your body attempts to tell you something again and again, the smartest thing you can do is listen up.

Breathe through it. Deeply.

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7:04PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Ta!

8:29AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

thanks!

9:32AM PDT on May 27, 2011

noted

5:51AM PDT on May 26, 2011

Thanks

12:40AM PDT on May 23, 2011

Oh, my pain is constant, 24/7. There is NOTHING that can be done, and well, heat is about the best remedy.

2:47AM PDT on May 21, 2011

I absolutely HATE to take medication..so if there are medication-free remedies for pain (especially back), my ears are wide open! I must agree with article-exercise does help pain (walking is great when backache is the culprit)!

3:47PM PDT on May 20, 2011

thanks!!

10:16AM PDT on May 20, 2011

Have constant pain from fibro. Had it over 20 yrs, last 2 have been all but more than can tolorate. Figure pain threshold is shot now. No pain meds. work period. They ate up stomac linning. Tylonol, blue gell like Icy Hot is what gets me thru . I just live in pain so sleep more than needed. Need a dumpster just to clean house, the more done, the sicker I get.

3:10PM PDT on May 19, 2011

This was a great article and I do beleive that your pain tolorence is in your genes.I also beleive it is mind over matter on some things and the more you think about the pain the worse it gets.

10:15AM PDT on May 19, 2011

It was very painful reading this...

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