Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Driven to Distraction
I was just reading a really good article on ChronicPainConnection. com about how Distraction is the most powerful pain reliever. The article is called The Most Powerful Pain Reliever Revealed.
Since I've been working on my collages, I've noticed how with the distraction theory works. While I'm slicing and dicing magazines, my pain does seem to back off. It's like this action occupies a different part of my brain. I'm not really thinking verbally, but more visually. I used to find surfing Flickr for photographs had the same effect, but when I stop, the pain comes thudding back.
The problem is that I cannot keep the distraction up all day and night. What about when I go to bed? As I'm trying to go to sleep, all I can focus on is the screaming inside my head.
I think Distraction is a good tool for trying to manage your pain, but I don't think it's the final solution.