Posts Tagged ‘acceptance’
“When we reach that place within ourselves called Acceptance (of our conditions) then life can start to feel a little easier. When I started to accept my pain and limitations, I began to keep my energy for me so I could LIVE my new path through life each day instead of wasting it on staying stuck in the past or looking too far into the future for a cure.
We have to grieve for the life that we have lost due to our conditions, and when we do we can start to go along our new life path. We may not have chosen to have our pain, but we can choose how we LIVE our life each day. It takes tremendous strength and courage to live with constant debilitating pain, so remind yourself of how strong you are.”
Lynne Bono from Facebook
Pain Pathways Spring 2013
Acceptance of the pain as an illness is a very important concept. There are actually scales that measure a person’s degree of acceptance. The road to acceptance of a chronic illness can be littered with many wrong turns along the way, searches for instant cures. In the end, when people have accepted that they have a chronic illness, when they know the situation is bad but they don’t have to give up and suffer, they can accept that the pain is chronic; there is no cure and it needs to be managed. This relieves a lot of inner angst, where patients feel driven to find a cure. So we do promote acceptance. Acceptance does not mean resignation; people need to realize that much can be done about the headaches.
Patients with chronic daily headache may view their situation in black and white terms; on a return visit to the doctor, they will state, “Well, I still have a daily headache.” They need to accept that going from moderate or severe headaches (7 on a scale of 1-10) to mild or moderate headaches (4 on a scale of 1-10), is a greatly improved situation. It means the medications are working, and should not all be changed. If patients keep a headache chart or calendar, this helps to raise their awareness. Because headaches are not usually curable, patients must accept that treatment is limited to a substantial improvement in frequency and/or severity.