Chronic pain sufferers know the toll pain can make us fatigued. In fact, pain can be so tiring that fatigue sets in.
Notice what each of us has a particular set of factors or triggers.
Fatigue indicates that there is a unique set of factors to tiredness rather than just a single cause.
Among countless variables that conspire to exhaust, emotional pain and tension from life’s stressors is a common culprit.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines stress as, “the brain’s response to any demand,” therefore stress comes from all directions. We all want to rise to the demand of the times but pain can make that near impossible. To learn about how to be Pain Free at Last.
Everyday pain, work, illness, relationships, strained finances along with life events like relocation, job change, unemployment, marriage, and divorce, among many others can lead to fatigue.
We may experience fatigue symptoms from personal disappointments like a betrayal, a broken friendship, or a demotion at work. Fatigue can even come from listening, watching or reading the daily news.
Our bodies react the same way
Take these three scenarios: We are in a room with a live lion. We are looking at a picture of a lion. We are thinking about a lion. Research shows that in all three instances, our bodies react the same way.
So even if we were just looking at a picture of a tiger or merely thinking of one, the same fear pathways are triggered.
If the same fear neural-pathway is triggered just by thinking of a tiger as by being in a room with one, we can, therefore, conclude that thinking about pain, death and destruction cannot help us.
Notice if you are triggered with the same thought again and again.
But those thoughts affect us emotionally, which can then affect the chemicals in our bodies.
When multiple stressors hit us at the same time, they can compromise our sleep schedule, diet, and ability to exercise. All of these pile on to create fatigue.
When dealing with multiple stressors, our bodies instinctively release adrenaline, disrupt the digestive system, perhaps even heart rate and respiratory systems.
Our muscles tense up, the response in which our body instantly prepares to protect itself from pain or injury. But as we tense the usual pain increases not decreases.
Unfortunately, the worse the stressors are, the less we’re able to focus on any solutions. Even ones that seem obvious do not jump to mind, like drinking a glass of water, breathing, regular sleep, good nutritious food and invigorating, stress-reducing movement.
When we are stressed, the best thing to do is take a break.
What happens when we defend ourselves against upset?
We activate our natural defense mechanisms; the brain, nervous system, hormonal (endocrine) system, immune system, and adrenal glands which all can become compromised depending on the severity of the situation. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) are our key regulatory centers and are activated by stressors to the point of compromise. Inadequate regulation of these stress-response systems causes chronic stress.
Pain in Stress Situations
Often pain increases in stress situations and lowers in times of high-stress because the body expects to jump to action so suppresses the pain signal.
Adrenal fatigue and pain are especially common with people who experience prolonged and intense stressors. “As the name suggests,” according to AdrenalFatigue.org, “its paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep but it is not a readily identifiable entity like measles or a growth on the end of your finger. ”
You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness, or ‘gray’ feelings.
Using Stimulants for FatigueWithout taking steps to turn the tide of chronic pain or adrenal or stress-related fatigue, we find our energy consistently sapped. Click To Tweet
Stress-induced fatigue symptoms vary depending on the individual and may include any of these:
- Headaches and/or temporomandibular (jaw) pain
Backaches and/or neck pain
- Breathing issues
- Loss of appetite (resulting in unintended weight loss)
- A binge-eating disorder (with unintended weight gain).
- Premenstrual or menstrual disorders for women
- Erectile dysfunction for men
We need to notice; Did the fatigue come from the pain or did the pain cause the fatigue? Click To Tweet
How to deal with Fatigue
With the knowledge of what came first, both the pain and fatigue can be reduced.
Fatigue then pain
If the stressors cause fatigue which then causes the pain, look for ways to reduce those stressors.
Focus on noticing what is out of whack and make changes. Look for balance in life and work. Let go of energy-sapping relationships.
In this pandemic – this is a great challenge – the need to control
Likely there was a time in life when we felt like there was a reasonable balance. Think about what demands have made that balance impossible.
Doing too Much
Are there too many new tasks, interests, or commitments that by themselves are meant to be relaxing but together are stressful?
For example, if volunteer work, zooming with friends, and time-consuming hobbies make regular life demands impossible then cut some of them out, at least for a while.
Find daily Balance
Then work and family responsibilities will come more into balance.
Pay close attention to what and when you are eating and adjust what makes you feel tired.
Pain then Fatigue
If the pain causes fatigue then focus on pain reduction techniques such as distracting or flooding the brain with positive biochemicals – endorphins.
This technique uses thoughts, sensations, imaging, pleasant memories, soothing emotions, movements, and beliefs.
Use your senses
We can do this by using the senses:
- Smell something pleasant, such as baking bread, essential oil or candle
Listen to a calming and soothing or perhaps using an energizing musical playlist, or sing.
- Rub oil or lotion on your skin paying attention to how it feels
- Hold an object that has a meaning such as a ring or a smooth stone from vacation and rub it, noticing how it feels.
- Taste something good
- Go to your very own happy place
- Perform some sort of movement for just 5 minutes, noting the difference
- Focus on a sense of peacefulness, calmness, and freedom from worry
- Pay attention to what we are physically experiencing other than our pain
- Remember what it was like to feel our bodies move without pain
Our brains have neuroplasticity (they can change).
By using these techniques and many more in the Pain Processing Practice the structure of our brains will change.
That will make a difference in both our pain and fatigue levels.
What if you could…
✓ Wake up every morning pain-free and full of energy?
✓ Feel confident in your own abilities to control your own life?
✓Address the reasons that your pain, sleep, digestion, energy, weight, and mood aren’t where they used to be?
Our focus is understanding WHY we lose the pain-fatigue freedom we once had. We help understand the causes behind your particular health situation.
What if you could have all of this without the overwhelm and stress of having to figure everything out on your own?
If so, then Pain Processing Practice is for you!
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