The quality of life is a pain-free existence. Is that REALLY TRUE? Lately, I received some customers who were admirably satisfied with their pain. Their pain was the center of conversation with others. Some could chat for hours about their pain here and there and what they did overcome already. It was amazing to see the need for pain as a form of attention. During anamnesis, it proved that their pain levels were mainly lower and some entirely faked.
Do you wonder why? Most of these people did seek attention. Not my personal attention but the need for human contact. Their loneliness and eager to belong somewhere drove them to the medical world. There they got some minutes of attention from people who seriously did care for them. The small talk, touching, smiling and sometimes laughter gave them energy for the rest of the day. Until the next medical or another appointment.
In other articles, I did mention the fact that pain has a strong mental component. This event did prove it again. Pain is something we need as signaling but also a point of attention. The event of pain has over 7 billion participants. Every single individual on earth has pain at some moment in life. No exception. An interesting fact when we know that the medical effort on pain is tremendous but still we all suffer of it.
When I treat pain customers it is with care and attention. Personal contact is needed before and after treatment. It is part of the cure. Sometimes a little massage, a pad on the back or even a “shoulder” to cry on. Mental pain can kill. Take a broken heart, a serious loss of a loved one or a shocking event. All leave serious neural damage in the person which must be recovered. But what happens when that person in that condition must do heavy work, carry loads or taking care of others? The physical effects first come as pain and may later turn worse.
It is important to pay attention to pain but look for the cause as it is not always purely physical. Arnaud van der Veere