read the page drummer ref'd !!! if not, at least read this:

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Posted by gary ( on January 16, 2000 at 13:33:51:

In Reply to: Pain on the Scales. posted by drummer on January 16, 2000 at 10:23:24:

if anybody is confused or frightened about all this pain stuff
PLEASE read the fascinating article linked in Drummer's post
sure it's long - but quick & easy won't fix CH

this is copied from it:
Richard Sternbach, of the Pain Treatment Center at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, offered 7 steps on how to live despite pain in his 1977 pamphlet (How Can I Learn to Live With Pain When It Hurts So Much?, revised in 1983):

Accept the fact of your pain

Set specific goals of work, hobbies and social acitivities towards which you will work

Let yourself get angry at your pain if it seems to be getting the best of you

Pace your activities

Get in shape, and keep fit

Learn to relax, and practice it

Time your medications, then taper off them

Have family and friends support only your healthy behavior, not your invalidism

Be open and reasonable with your doctor "

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