6 Random Things (Other Than Drugs) That Reduce Pain

http://www.cracked.com/article_18882_6-random-things-other-than-drugs-that-reduce-pain.html

#6. Touching Money 🙂

#4. Music

It turns out that listening to your favorite music — even if that music is death metal songs specifically about pain — allows you to tolerate up to twice your normal threshold of pain. Basically, the amount of pain you think you are feeling drops significantly.

And we’re not talking getting through a headache or stubbing your toe on your Rock Band drum set. This study was done on people enduring long-term hospital stays and people who suffer from chronic pain, and all of the study participants were on seriously hard drugs for treatment. The addition of their favorite music to their hospital rooms dramatically decreased the pain they were feeling.

Now you might shrug this off and say, “Of course, it’s a distraction. You’re not thinking about the pain, so you don’t feel it so much.” But the weird thing is that only music appears to have this effect. The study also looked at other forms of brain-occupying stimuli, such as math puzzles, artwork and listening to comedians, none of which had anywhere near the same effect as music.

#3. Imagination

As it turns out, kids have an effective pain killing ability that we jaded adults have completely lost. That ability is imagination…

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How Greedy Doctors Just Caused Me 5 Days Of Withdrawal

http://www.cracked.com/blog/how-dirty-local-doctors-screwed-20000-people/

Surgery doesn’t help. One of my uncles has had five back surgeries, and he still has the same problems. My dad had two, and another on his neck. Same problem. Outside of becoming Wolverine, you’re just fucked. So your only option is “take one of these pills every five hours.” Do that for several months, and suddenly, they become a regular part of your body’s chemistry. Take them away without any warning, and you might as well be setting yourself on fire.

That’s where I was just a few days ago. I had been prescribed a pain reliever called Tramadol. It’s a mild opioid that’s just a step above taking a handful of ibuprofen, but I had been on them for about a year. If you ever get solicited by a drug dealer and need to get rid of him fast, just tell him you’re looking for Tramadol, and watch him stumble away in uncontrollable laughter. It’s considered the O’Doul’s of the drug world.

So how does all of that lead to me lying in a fetal position, in a pool of sweat, shaking so bad I couldn’t hold my own phone? Enter these fuckheads …

Last week, I was running low on my medication, so I called in for a refill like normal, which was basically met with, “Hahaha! How about instead of us refilling that, you go fuck yourself?” No warning. No weaning off of them. They were just yanked out from underneath me on a dime. I didn’t argue because I’m not a doctor. And if I were a doctor, I’d totally be House and have a much cooler Vicodin addiction while staring at Cuddy’s ass…

So let’s say that you do find another doctor and that doctor does prescribe you magic pills that dick-slap your pain right in its stupid suckhole. Congratulations, you just got flagged in a state database for getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors. That system is set up in 37 states, and once you get flagged in it, one or both of your doctors will boot your ass out. That’s not speculation. That happened to my wife. At this point, it would actually be easier to buy the pills illegally from some jackoff street pusher, probably with a stupid nickname like Pookie or Ray-Ray…

The majority of people getting these pills through a doctor aren’t doing it because they want to get high. They’re doing it because they’re in fucking pain and over-the-counter stuff isn’t doing the job. If it wouldn’t shut down my liver, I’d fill a bowl with ibuprofen right now, pour some milk on that shit and eat it like Froot Loops…

The really hard part is that once all of this winds down and I return to being just a normal human with an abnormal back, what happens then? I’ve been dealing with this issue for 25 years. It’s not like I haven’t looked into other options for treatment. If they prescribe me the pills again, do I jump back on that train? Or do I say fuck that and go buy one of those sweet canes with a hidden sword in it to help me walk and also chop ninjas? Because right now, all I can think is, “I’d rather die than go through this ever again” … but in a year, I’ll be thinking, “I don’t give a dick if I have to start shooting heroin, I can’t take this pain anymore.” …

Peace

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”  Albert Einstein

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“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”  Mahatma Gandhi

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“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”  George Orwell

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(Photos taken 10/24/2015.)

Get miles away

Gomez – Get Miles Lyrics

I love this island but this island’s killing me
Sitting here in silence, man I don’t get no peace
The waves upon my shore take me away piece by piece
Gonna leave everything I know gonna head out towards the sea
Jump off this island gonna head out towards the sea

I love this city man but this city’s killing me
Sitting here in all this noise man I don’t get no peace
The cars below my street take me away piece by piece
Gonna leave everything I know gonna head out towards the sea
Gonna leave this city man, gonna head out towards the sea

Get miles away, get miles away, get miles away
Get miles

I love this planet but this planet’s killin’ me
Sitting here in all this grass man I don’t get no weed
The sweat comin’ from my pores take me away piece by piece
Gonna leave everything I know gonna head to the galaxy
Gonna leave this planet man, gonna head to the galaxy

Get miles away, get miles away, get miles away, get miles away, get miles away, get miles away, get miles away

I’m trying to keep from getting uptight

Gomez – Detroit Swing 66 Lyrics

Hello

Come in and get yourself something to drink
And tell me something I don’t know about you
I’ll tell you something ’bout me

Does it feel right
Like penetrating insight
Or blinded by the cuckoo with the hiccups
It’s tricky to decide

I think I’m coming round, I’m seeing through the smoke
I think I’m coming round, I’m feeling signs of hope
Some water and some whiskey and some cigarettes or dope
I think I’m coming round, can you help me up to cope?

We’re trapped in
Undergoing modernist sins
The probe cannot be driven through the kneecap
The kneecap will prevail here

So keep trying, prevent yourself from crying
You’re shaking hyperventilated mish-mash
Made entirely out of bones

I think I’m coming round, I’m seeing through the smoke
I think I’m coming round, I’m feeling signs of hope
Some water and some whiskey and some cigarettes or dope
I think I’m coming round, can you help me up to cope?

I’ve been thinking one thing but doing something else in a daze, yeah
I’m trying to keep from getting uptight
I’m trying to keep from getting uptight

I’ve been thinking one thing but doing something else in a daze, yeah
I’m trying to keep from getting uptight
I’m trying to keep from getting uptight

The peace pipe
Is flying round the bat’s head
The hippies will be camping out tonight (Kum bye ah, my lord)
Singing Hari Kari (Adikhari)

And right now it’s cooking up a storm now
It’s intravenous terror en masse
Your spaceship has arrived (please get in)

I’ve been thinking one thing but doing something else in a daze, yeah
I’m trying to keep from getting uptight
I’m trying to keep from getting uptight

Objects Usually Smaller Than They Appear

From Urban Dictionary:

Machismo
Spanish word. I don’t think there’s a direct english word translation.

1. Having an unusually high or exaggerated sense of masculinity. Including an attitude that aggression, strength, sexual prowess, power and control is the measure of someone’s manliness. Also, a machismo man feels having these traits entitles him to respect and obedience from men and women around him.

2. The belief in the right to dominate and control, including, but not limited to, control over women.

(Photo taken 8/3/2015.)