Breathing Through the Pain

This is a coping mechanism I have myself been using daily for almost 9 of my 10 years with chronic pain and CRPS/RSD. I along with so many other pain warriors use relaxation tools to help live with ongoing pain. Please read below how this young fighter with CRPS is learning breathing and relaxation techniques:

[This article was featured on The Biofeedback DailyΒ E-Magazine!]

The Life of a Fluro Zebra

Hi Guys!
I have been lucky enough that the pain clinic in my hometown have paid for me to have one-on-one yoga sessions. The yoga teacher is so amazing and she has traveled all around the world learning and teaching! She knows lots of different techniques from lots of different countries. One of them was an Indian breathing technique that she showed me, it was calledΒ Deep Breath Advantages of Deep Breathing Exercises and I find that it does a great job. Whenever I am stressed or I bump my CRPS foot I do it, and it helps calm me down.It slows down my breathing because when I am in a lot of pain I find it hard to control. The pain doesn’t go away when I do it, it just relaxes my muscles and my mind. I think it could really help anyone when they are stressed or hurt.
I found a really interesting website that…

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I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 11 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Four years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 4 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on November 15, 2014, in Medical Research/ Treatments, RSD/CRPS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I’m so glad you shared this! I’m working on a post about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and pain management (slowly), so it is awesome to see spoonies encouraging other spoonies who might think self-management and self-care are silly or not important (I remember being there!) to give new treatments, new research, and new at-home therapies a chance.
    Biofeedback is an awesome tool. It took me two ten minute sessions to really get the hang of correct deep breathing and reinforce it by seeing the difference between the two on a monitor. I lucked out because I had done gymnastics as a kid/teen and the breathing was something we spent a lot of time on, so I already knew how to isolate those muscles.
    Now I confidently use what I learned from twenty minutes of biofeedback to treat the way that my body loves to shut off circulation to my abdomen and limbs. When my circulation shuts off, it causes worsening muscle/joint pain, weakness, and tremor, neuropathy, and trigger points, plus the panic attacks, cramping, and autonomic nervous system issues that like to follow suit.
    I also tried biofeedback to relax my jaw, which didn’t work as well. Apparently I have had a significant problem with that all my life and biofeedback alone wasn’t enough to reverse the habit. Still though, I can relieve tension in my jaw just enough if I really concentrate that it’s made a huge difference!
    I was wary of biofeedback partially because I didn’t want my treatments to make me feel like it was solely my responsibility to ease my own suffering (I think they call that stage Denial, haha). πŸ˜€
    Now that I have embraced that there are indeed many, many techniques to relieve pain at home, I feel more powerful and less scared than I have in years!!!
    I think this is one of those things spoonies need to bring up to each other, because otherwise the words “this could help you” ring so hollow. When we share our coping techniques with each other, it is with hope, not with judgment.

    Thanks again for sharing! ❀ It made me happy to see you posting about something so close to my heart! Again!!! πŸ™‚ I hope you are having a good weekend, beautiful!
    ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • Oh wow! That sounds like an awesome article!
      I can’t wait to read it.
      Hand and foot warming I learned in Biofeedback has to be one of my favorite tools I use for my RSD/CRPS burning pain for increasing circulation- and one people never seem to believe is possible, lol. I really look forward to reading your own personal ways you use relaxation tools at home.
      I started this blog with the intent to share a lot of tools like these actually, but I’m finding I need to clear out some cobwebs before I can talk about therapy tools πŸ˜‰

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      • That last part: EXACTLY. I have to get all the poison out first, then I can start to help others more. Right now this is more self care than purposeful living, but that could change in the future. I started wanting to break down new scientific/scholarly articles as they were published on PubMed and JSTOR, post links to the full articles, and write a shortened summary of each study/new finding. But that was a huge, huge, huge idea, I’m not sure why I thought I was ready for that! πŸ˜€
        Biofeedback seems to help everyone. I have never met someone who said “I hated that”. It’s a good one to have in the arsenal!

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  2. Thank you for showing me so much support and reblogging my post. You have such a beautiful heart. Thank you for sharing all your ideas with me too. You have always been very generous with me. As you know CRPS is a pain in the butt… or in my case -a pain in the foot!! πŸ™‚
    You have also given me a bit of a giggle today because at ten years old I must be the youngest ‘woman’ you know! Hehe! πŸ™‚ I feel like pain forces you to grow up quickly though.
    I feel very grateful that you have given me a big smile and a full heart today.
    Gentle hugs, FZ πŸ™‚

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    • You are blowing my mind a bit right now because your writing is so mature and focused, I would have had no idea your age had you not told me just now. Ever since being diagnosed with CRPS at 22, reading survival stories from young survivors like yourself really helped me gain courage in my darkest times. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. I KNOW you are helping people.
      Even more props your way! πŸ˜‰
      I’m happy to re-blog such a helpful article. Your tips are excellent! πŸ˜€

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  3. Thank you for this helpful post and comment with insight from both of you..

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