One of the treatments that pain patients are likely to be offered during the opioid war is pain education. I would never pay for something that I can get for free on the internet (thanks, TED Talks):
Experts believe that if pain patients learn about how the brain works when it’s dealing with pain, it will help us to better manage it.
I’m all for patient education — you can’t make good choices without it. And this video is entertaining and uses symbolism to describe how it all works, without all those big medical terms that us patients can’t understand. (Yes, it feels like he’s talking down to me… just a little.)
Dr. Moseley uses the term “meaning,” which I take to mean our “perception” of pain. He goes on to try to convince the audience that “pain is an illusion 100% of the time.”
Dr. Moseley shows us an optical illusion, and I guess we’re supposed to jump to the conclusion that we should manage pain by convincing ourselves that the pain is just all part of some grand illusion. Our brains are trying to fool us, you see. The lesson being, if you can convince yourself that you’re not really in pain — Viola! The pain will disappear! I’m thinking it’s almost the same talk about chronic pain that Dr. Clauw gave in that video I posted yesterday, just a little more entertaining.
I think educating myself about the brain and pain has helped me make better decisions, but I would never say that this information has allowed me to better manage my pain. Knowing how amazing the brain is has not helped me at all…
Well, I guess educating myself has helped me to let go of doctors and the medical industry — an addiction that was extremely hard to break. (Doctors suck.)