Those who suffer from chronic pain or a chronic medical condition often seek help solely from the medical field to treat their physical symptoms. After multiple doctors’ visits one often leaves more discouraged, feeling hopeless, and frequently prescribed too many medications. Chronic pain has a tendency to take over one’s mental attention and before long can diminish one’s quality of life. These chronic conditions can contribute to job loss, relationship strains, depression, anxiety, stress, and layers of grief due to the variety of unexpected life changes. Therefore, it is important to have a comprehensive approach to pain management. One that supports and acknowledges the emotional layers, along with treating the underlining nervous system dysregulation at the root of many of these conditions.
I support my client with determining whether their medications are working and if so, how to manage them effectively. Having pain medications reduced or taken away can be frightening. I have experienced much success working with clients and their physicians on a taper process that is safe, and at a pace that feels manageable. Certain benefits I have seen from medication reduction are; more mental clarity, less fixation on pills, less tension in relationships, more availability for life’s pleasures, and an actual decrease in physical pain.