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Positive thinking, your thoughts.

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1 year 10 months ago #26104 by wildturkeycanoe
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Aah, Bluerob, sounds like the kind of house I designed as a teenager when I drew up fantasy house plans. I had the dirt bike parked in the living room, bedroom upstairs and it would have been built in the Snowy Mountains. Dreams....which didn't cater for a missus and 3 kids. :P
My psychologist was telling me that imagining myself riding bikes again [without pain] would be a good way to use mind power to help with pain. Unfortunately I reckon if I think about it more often, I'll end up depressed because I can't afford one let alone use my post-op forearm to twist a throttle or pull the brake lever. Better to deny myself the chance to hope than build up to inevitable disappointment. It is one less let down to confront.

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1 year 10 months ago #26155 by wildturkeycanoe
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I'm going to attempt to add pictures of the little houses I've been making, I hope it works.
Yay, I got it to work!
If only my body would give me more hours to build these, it is so frustrating to spend a day recovering from just an hour or two of tinkering. But, at least it is better than lying on the sofa day after day. The distraction part is good, though it never makes me forget about the aches for more than a minute or two. I just hope that I can build up on it slowly and spend more time each day on doing something positive and constructive.
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1 year 8 months ago #26621 by wildturkeycanoe
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Well, my positive thinking took a big hit lately. I've been told that insurance won't pay for my surgery, even after I went through the two months of injury management with no improvement in symptoms. I finally got a hold of the outpatient clinic to see about my wait to see their neurosurgeon and was told I am in the least urgent category and 569th on the waiting list. So, pretty much I am not going to get surgery in this lifetime.
This means I am stuck in this situation with no more avenues to pursue and from the sound of things, even the pain killers could be a thing of the past as - from what I've heard on the grapevine - Canberra doctors are being advised to stop prescribing opiates for chronic pain management. It sounds like a certain pain specialist has been whispering in the ears of the local CHO, probably to drive more people to their pain clinic sessions. Why is all the news making the outlook so much worse. It's not the way I planned things, I would have gone for the op, healed from it and got back into things, but now I'm missing out on the best bits of my children's growing up and wasting away. No matter what I try, I can't get the amount of exercise to keep me from gaining weight [I've put on nearly 6kg in the last year or so] and I'm so unfocused on things. I make mistakes, forget stuff and keep hurting myself doing things clumsily, not even realising that I've done it till I notice blood all over me. What's to be positive about when the things you were hoping for aren't going to eventuate?

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1 year 8 months ago #26622 by bluerob
bluerob replied the topic: Positive thinking, your thoughts.
If I were you, I'd be going to the local ER and demanding help.

If you're in so much pain, just go...

I've had 8 x spinal surgeries which made things worse...be careful...and I really hope you get some help.

I have 0 time for these Pain Management Specialists. 1 could've killed me and the other did nothing except complain about opiate use...there is definitely something going on with the govt and opiates...I'm hearing the same on NSW Central Coast from others who are genuinely suffering.

I'm also an advocate for something else....

I know the pain. Sounds weird, but, I embrace it...It won't kill me...

Go hard for your help.

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1 year 8 months ago #26623 by Ant
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Ouch, that's some pretty rotten news!
I think there might be a slightly related approach (under Lorimer Moseley's work) regarding "positive thinking" as it pertains to chronic pain that looks at the pain system as a "threat detector" and so in this concept it's pain can get worse when the perceived threat is high not because thoughts are negative.
In this approach it's not about turning sad/negative thoughts into happy/positive thoughts but examining the thoughts or beliefs (about activities or otherwise) that might make you feel worse because they seem to be in some way threatening, trying to understand why that could be and working towards strengthening thoughts or beliefs that encourage safety, or are helpful and may make you feel better.
The TL;DR version could be working at thinking that challenges/reduces threats and emphasises strengths/safety?

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