How a Positive Attitude Defeats Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome

A little pain usually is a good thing. It’s our alarm system. It’s our body’s way of saying, “Hey, that’s hot… Get away before it hurts you!” However, when the pain lingers on and on, it’s no longer helpful. Chronic pain can disrupt our normal lifestyle.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you should know there are ways to cope. Chronic pain does not need to run, or ruin, your life. Just ask Rachel, who lives with chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Our life is a reflection of our attitude. Without even noticing it, it can be easy to become negative and cynical towards the world. We’re continuously exposed to tragedy and injustice in the media even as we experience our own heartache and distress.

Our attitude determines the state of the world we live in. It is the foundation for every success and every failure we have had and will have. It will make us or break us. And complex regional pain syndrome can challenge a person’s will, strength, and perseverance.

It is chronic (lasting more than six months) pain that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems. It’s characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area.

PAIN + POSITIVE ATTITUDE = IMPOSSIBLE? Not necessarily—balance is possible.

A positive attitude—optimism, expectancy, and enthusiasm—makes everything easier. A positive attitude builds us up when we’re down and supercharges us when we’re already “on a roll.”

Click here to read how Rachel makes it happen.


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