Should I Stay or Should I Go: Cost Benefit Analysis of Chronic Pain Management

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

December 6th, 2009 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

In this video, I share how last week, during a setback, I danced away my pain, then danced it away again. I also share my cost-benefit analysis of chronic pain management on one day during that week.

danceNatural pain relief methods are not going to make pain disappear immediately. They involve a process, which as Marty Rossman, MD says, include “precious gains and painful losses.” We need to just keep on keeping on.

In my case, I have found that while I feel terrific during and after dancing, I may have to start all over again in a few hours or the next day. Over the long haul, however, I improve tremendously and see dramatic differneces in my physical abilities.

What’s more, it’s great to know I always have this dance tool at my disposal, to lower or eliminate my pain levels at any given moment, even if the pain gets jacked up again a few hours later.

For the cost-benefit analysis of this video, I ponder whether to go out or not. On the one hand, I want to lay low when I’m in a setback, especially one like this, where it’s hard to walk. On the other hand, there’s only so much staying-indoors I can take without going bezerko. So in this case, I decided to go out. I’m so glad I did!

I danced first, and by the time I was done, I had no pain. Nada. Zippo. So that was totally cool. I paid for valet parking at the event, so that I would not have to walk a distance. I then stayed on the edges of the crowd, so that I wouldn’t risk getting banged into — which would have triggered my pain.

Once the crowd thinned, I made my way inward. I had a great time! I made some great personal and professional connections, sometimes in the same individual. I am totally jazzed that I took the chance to go. 

Interestingly, the injection of social energy helped so much. I felt hardly any discomfort driving back home, whereas the drive over to the event did strain the thigh/groin area. Sometimes we need that transference of energy to give a boost to our internal resources.

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