Stress Component of
Chronic Pain

by: Dr. Richard Ward Ph.D, J.C.D, Msc.D

Stress and/or anxiety can be caused by factors which are known or unknown. Problems or insecurities involving relationships, employment, health situations, fear, anger, pain, sadness, guilt and other disturbing factors can foster mental, physical and spiritual conditions which adversely affect the progress and enjoyment of life. Other causes may include events, contacts or traumas which may be repressed, or suppressed, creating anxieties the sources of which appear totally unknown. Stress inclinations also can be inherited by children. Thoughts are the key.

Anger is often a cause of back pain and is one of the stressors that cause an increase of Cortisol, a stress hormone. While Cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body's response to stress, it's important that the body's relaxation response to be activated, so that the body's functions can return to normal. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the body's stress response is activated so often that functioning often doesn't have a chance to return to normal, producing chronic stress. Cortisol can be destructive according to some in the medical community, including nurse anesthetist, Ron Eslinger, because:

High levels of glucose break down the protein in muscle and inhibit the replacement of calcium.

Can contribute to fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic stress syndrome and lupus.

Daily Guideline for Handling Negative Trends

Don't go around telling everyone what a difficult time you are having. This further builds up negativity in your mind and will also be reflected back at you psychically by people you tell it to. Discuss it only with some person you know who is very positive or with your spiritual and/or a health professional.

Don't ever feel God has failed you, or that you have failed God, during this time in your life. Blaming God, yourself, or someone else will only keep the negative trend continuing longer, and through such negativity, keep your God-Mind from getting through to your conscious mind with directions for a positive new trend in your life.

Be particularly aware of new ideas about your life entering your mind at this time. These new ideas may be intuitive guidance from your higher God-Mind as to what changes you should make for the better in your life. If you are opening your mind to higher consciousness daily through meditation, the answer will come.

Attend religious or spiritual meetings where you feel right. I have seen the great difference exposure to the positive atmosphere of a meeting or service can make in a person's life, particularly when they are going through a difficult period.

We have all come from the womb of Mother Nature, the feminine creative part of God. Love life even during a difficult period and life will love you back with new blessings and a new trend of positivity in your life.

"Man's Problems are psychological - his solutions are spiritual"
- Dr. Thomas Hora, M.D.

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