When it comes to chronic pain, everyone has a unique story to tell. But when it comes to the fears, doubts and struggles around pain, we all have much more in common. Join hosts Alan Gordon, LCSW (Founder of the Pain Psychology Center) and Alon Ziv as they respond to the experiences of real chronic pain sufferers and provide techniques based on the latest neuroscience to help listeners overcome chronic pain. Powered by Curable, an online program that teaches people to use evidence-based techniques to relieve chronic pain. For updates and more information about Tell Me About Your Pain, visit curablehealth.com/tellmeaboutyourpain
Can Changing My Thoughts Improve My Pain?
Many chronic pain sufferers struggle with negative thoughts like self-criticism, pressure, and fear. Not surprisingly, this type of thinking makes our pain worse. In this episode, Alan and Alon explore where these thought patterns come from and how you can change them. Alan talks to Lindsey, a chronic pain sufferer who constantly beats herself up and puts pressure on herself. Alan gives her the key ingredient to change these thought patterns and reduce her symptoms. Then Alan and Alon provide a set of concrete steps so that you can change your own negative thoughts to help break the pain cycle.
How Do I Get to the Root of My Pain?
Living with chronic pain means living with chronic worry. But it's actually this fear, frustration, and despair around the pain that keeps your pain signals activated. Even once you know how destructive these thought patterns are, it’s so hard to keep your mind from going there. In this episode, Alan and Alon explain why your brain keeps pulling you to pain, and how you can break this habit. Alan talks to Chris, a chronic pain sufferer with so much fear and frustration around his pain, he can think of little else. Alan teaches him a new technique to calm these thoughts, cutting off the fuel source for his pain. Then Alan and Alon describe how you can use this same technique to overcome your own pain.
How Can I Use Positive Sensations to Heal My Pain?
Alan and Alon introduce the concept of leaning into positive sensations, a technique that rewires your brain and deactivates pain. Alan talks to Emily, a back pain sufferer with a lot of fear and preoccupation around her symptoms. By embracing this new technique, Emily does something she thought was impossible: she sits without pain. After the call, Alan and Alon demonstrate how to use this technique to heal your own pain at home.
What Is Somatic Tracking, and How Can It Help My Pain?
Alan and Alon introduce somatic tracking, the most effective technique they’ve found for overcoming chronic pain. Somatic tracking teaches your brain to reinterpret signals from your body through a lens of safety, thus deactivating the pain. Alan talks to Stephen (chronic back pain), Amber (fibromyalgia), and Felicia (chronic neck pain). Alan guides each of them through somatic tracking exercises, helping them to neutralize their fear and alleviate their symptoms. Then, Alan and Alon break down the different components of somatic tracking, and explain how you can use this technique to eliminate your own pain.
How Can I Tell if My Brain is Causing My Pain?
Most chronic pain is caused by pain circuits in the brain that get stuck. But this can be hard to accept when pain feels like it's coming from our bodies. In this episode, Alan and Alon discuss how to determine if your pain is caused by your brain and explain why it's so important to embrace this belief. Alan talks to Greg, a former football player who always assumed his debilitating pain was caused by injuries to his back. By changing his mindset about the source of the pain, Greg completely overcame his symptoms. Alan also helps Denise, who suffers from multiple chronic pain symptoms, determine whether her pain is caused by her brain or by structural problems in her body.
What’s the Key to Breaking the Pain Cycle?
Alan and Alon discuss the science behind the “pain-fear cycle" and speak with real chronic pain sufferers to examine how it plays out in the real world. Amber, who suffers from chronic neck pain, calls in to share her fears and worries about how her pain dominates her life. Meanwhile, Emily struggles to let go of the idea that her pain is purely physical in nature. Alan and Alon guide their guests to let of go these fears to break the cycle of chronic pain.
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Relief from pain
After a bout with herniated disks, I have been struggling with chronic nerve pain. What didn’t make sense was that on vacation I had little or no pain. Also, I had days of no pain at all, and did the same exercises as days with pain. I always felt responsible for whatever caused my pain. Then I heard about somatic tracking. While I knew my brain had become hyper vigilant about finding pain, I didn’t know how to break the cycle. After listening to the podcast, I became an observer to my pain as it moved around my body. I didn’t try to fix it, or worry about it, just observed and told myself I was safe. Miraculously, the pain lessened instead of intensifying. Did it come back? Yes, but with less intensity. It’s a work in progress, but I have hope of convincing my brain that not all sensations are danger signals deserving of pain.
A Great Introduction to Neuroplastic pain
The hosts of this podcast make the science and treatment of neuroplastic pain very reachable. The use of explanations along with case studies clarifies the basics and provides easily understood tools for managing chronic pain. It complements the Curable app and the Like Mind, Like Body podcast perfectly.
Excellent learning resource for pain sufferers
The curable app first introduced me to a lot of these ideas and concepts about chronic pain, and I am very happy to get to explore issues further through this very informative podcast. Thank you!