- Chronic pain is a minimum three-month long period where someone experiences persistent, distressing pain that causes them some kind of functioning impairment (sleep, work, etc.).
- The Gate Control Theory says that sometimes the “gate” of pain reception is open and other times it is “closed.” There are factors that can “open” and “close” this gate. The problem is when the gate is open and it shouldn’t be. The solution is to find out how to keep the gate closed.
- If you believe pain is unbearable and unpredictable, the gate will be open. It undermines our ability to cope.
- Social support. If our friends and family seem to be against us, this opens the gate. If people baby us, the pain can seem unbearable, opening the gate.
- Coping. A well-balanced life can help close the gate. Exercise, eat well, nurture healthy relationships – these all have positive effects on us. Counseling, like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, can also help.
- Mindfulness. This asks how we relate to our pain. Trying to avoid pain can make it worse. Accepting the reality of pain and approaching it objectively can help us better deal with pain.
- All of us experience pain and suffering, including the Apostle Paul. But Paul found purpose in his struggles nonetheless and he trusted God’s plan.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 XCHARXEven though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 3つの異なる時代、私は主にそれを取り除くように頼んだ。 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. だからこそ私は自分の弱点、侮辱、苦難、迫害、そして私がキリストに苦しむ苦しみに喜びを感じます。 私が弱いときは、強いです。