My life finally changed six years into my struggle, when I found an amazing physical therapist who was able to help me understand my pain.
Tim had been trained in a relatively new approach to chronic pain treatment, called pain neurophysiology education (or PNE for short).
PNE is based on the idea that learning how the nervous system works can change how a person views his or her pain. Pain normally operates outside of our conscious control, but with a little bit of knowledge, the patient can begin to control how he or she responds to it. This can help to weaken the vicious cycle that people with chronic pain are caught in.
In this section of the blog, I will be discussing some of the things I learned in treatment, and how I incorporate them into my own life.
The main concepts of PNE:
How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point (the story of my own experience as a patient):
Part 1: Hitting rock bottom