I’ve been reading a book titled, Pain, the Gift Nobody Wants, by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey. This book challenged me to look at my pain differently. One of the author’s premises is that we in the Western world focus on how to get rid of pain, instead of accepting and living with it. Dr. Brand spent his life working with leprosy and diabetic patients, who lose the ability to feel pain.
While I respect the attitude that acceptance is a step toward peace of mind, I am still of the mind to take proactive steps toward lessening my pain. But the author did challenge me to be vigilant about my health, taking responsibility to be my best advocate. No one knows our body like we do, so I recommend you be your best advocate. But I do have friends that are concerned about my health and will listen and make suggestions to help me. I hope you have people like that in your life.
I am now more aware of what causes pain. Since my pain is in my right buttock, I now realize:
Cold weather causes pain
Too much sitting causes pain
Wet weather causes pain
Lying down too long causes pain
Over doing activity causes pain
No exercise causes pain
Here’s an interesting video from TED about chronic pain.