Chronic Pain Management

Part One in a Series

Chronic pain is merciless and relentless.

Chances are, if you clicked on this blog post, you or someone you love suffers from chronic pain. I’m so sorry. 

And as if the pain isn’t bad enough, there are all the well-meaning People Without Pain (PWOP’s) who either don’t take your pain seriously, or their hairdresser’s second cousin’s mother-in-law cured her pain with [FILL IN THE BLANK] and you should give it a try! 

PWOP’s can say the most annoying things sometimes, even when they mean well.

And yet so many of us who suffer with chronic pain still click on the links if they offer any hope of relief. 

The power of touch and the arc of our stories can provide some degree of relief from pain.

The power of touch and the arc of our stories can provide some degree of relief from pain.

All we really want is something to make the pain go away, right?

Unfortunately, I can’t do that for you. Oh, how I wish I could! Of course, if I could do that, I wouldn’t be writing this email, would I? Your pain would be cured and I would be rich and sipping iced lattes on a beach somewhere!

But I think maybe I can offer some relief, short of making the pain go away entirely. And if you are anything like my husband Joel, a little relief can go a long way. 

I just want to be totally upfront, though: I’m not a miracle worker. 

I don’t have magic powers, and more to the point, I don’t have a medical degree, or any formal psychological training, and I can’t diagnose or treat any physical or mental illness, injury, or condition. But I do have a few qualifications that may be helpful: I am a massage therapist and a storyteller. And the evidence continues to mount:

The power of touch and the arc of our stories can provide some degree of relief from pain. 

This has definitely been my husband Joel’s experience! 

Joel fell off a ladder in his late twenties, and he has lived with severe and chronic back pain ever since—for almost 30 years. He has been through so many tests and has seen so many doctors and every one of them had their own story about what exactly is causing his pain. 

There was really only one thing that all of Joel’s doctors agreed on without any hesitation: Joel would never run again. 

An avid long distance runner before his accident, this was crushing news.

I will share more of Joel’s story in my next post, but if you are wondering where this is going, here’s a little sneak peek.

Until soon!

All best, Marta