It has been estimated that over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Would you be surprised that 50% feel that they have little control over their pain? I am sure this number does not shock you. Chronic pain can affect people’s lives, ranging from intermittent breakthrough pain, to trouble concentrating, to difficulty sleeping, to lack of enjoyment in activities, to an inability to work, to disrupted relationships, to depression and anger, to constant, unrelenting pain. Most people who experience chronic pain have sought help from their primary care doctors, and many have visited a specialist. Some have found relief, but many haven’t. Are you in this group?
I have spent the last few years meeting and treating chronic pain patients, hearing their stories, as well as getting certified in nutritional psychology in order to provide psychological and nutritional counseling to those suffering from chronic pain. If you are tired of seeing doctors, taking medication and not seeing any improvement, please consider trying another avenue. We can work together to determine if there are foods you can add to your diet that can help decrease inflammation, which is a large trigger to chronic pain. We can do joint detective work to reveal any foods that may be contributing to inflammation in your body. I will also teach you mindfulness and relaxation techniques that can greatly mitigate chronic pain. Together we will uncover any unhealthy beliefs that could be contributing to the maintenance of your chronic pain, and help you to think in a healthier manner. I will also assist you in addressing any resulting emotions from your chronic pain, whether it be depression, anxiety, or anger.
I invite you to try this mindful meditation for chronic pain. Please let me know how it works for you.
–Dr. Melanie S. Levine