How do YOU deal with physical pain? Do you have a secret for getting over the pain? I do…sort of.
One of the ways I deal with headaches, especially migraines, is by using “pressure points”. I guess that’s what they are called. I had read years ago about pinching the skin between your thumb and forefinger with your other hand and holding for about 15-20 seconds. It is said to help with headaches and I have found it actually does help a little.
BUT it didn’t make them go away and I always searched for something to make that happen. You see, I have suffered from migraines since I was 6 years old. I went to doctors and was given many prescriptions, which none of them seemed to work. Finally, when I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem, they started to ease up. A LOT. I used to have them several times a month, now I would say I have migraines maybe 2-3 times a year, if that. I still have stress headaches occasionally though, which are nothing like a migraine, but I treat them the way I used to help my migraines.
About a yr. before my migraines eased up, I had my method down pat. If I got one, I would take some Advil Liqui gels…not regular ones, because they don’t dissolve as quick! Then to bed I would go….if I could. If I couldn’t, then it was suffer until I could. Seriously, I HAD to fall asleep to get rid of it. The problem was that sometimes sleep is not so easy and not just because you may not be tired at all. Also, the pain could be so bad that it seemed impossible. When your head is throbbing so bad that it feels like there’s an invisible crack down your forehead about to split open at anytime, sleep can be the hardest thing ever to accomplish.
THIS is when I discovered a technique for myself that would soothe the pain down enough for me to get to sleep and the sooner I slept, the sooner it was over.
Call it meditation, if you will. I would close my eyes and envision a brick wall or come up with a small phrase and repeat over and over. At first, it was really difficult. Getting my brain to shut out all the thoughts running through my mind was not easy at all, but after awhile, I was able to completely block out everything else and focus simply on the red brick wall or the words I was repeating. How does this help?
Well…thinking HURTS when you have a bad headache and especially during a migraine….the more thoughts that ran through my head, the more my brain was working and the pain just felt never ending. I discovered that if I could stop ALL thoughts except for ONE, my brain would slow down the thinking process and thereby, the pain would ease up and almost go to the back of my mind. I would almost forget the pain entirely and the next thing you know, I was asleep. I guess it’s a mind over matter thing?
I know a lot of people believe in yoga and meditation and I almost wonder if I figured out something that’s an actual way of dealing with pain. Has anyone else ever heard of my method or used it before?
It seems to work really well, at least for me. So much so that for stomach cramps, I use meditation in a slightly different way. I use the concentration method by just focusing on one part of the body at a time and relaxing that part then moving on to another area. I have found that sometimes THIS technique seems to move pain from the area that hurts the most to another area where it hurts a little less and sometimes it works by putting me to sleep by focusing on relaxing the muscles.
So…what do you think? DO you think my methods are good ones? Do you have other tips? It’s always fascinating to hear ideas that don’t require actual medicine to heal you.