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Thursday, March 25, 2010 Michelle, Community Member, asks

Q: Are there any such places as chronic pain retreats that teach coping skills?

I'm a wife of 15 years to a wonderful man who is being destroyed by nerve pain and depression from a back injury at work that was misdiagnosed for too long.  He is being treated with fentanyl and nortryptalene (sorry on spelling).  I wanted to know if there were any "retreat" kinds of places where he could go to be in a peaceful place filled with professionals spanning doctors to psychiatrists and nutritionists where he could learn the coping skills to live a happy life and just get away from it all while he's there.  Its been over 3 years now and I think he's had about all he can take. Are there any such places to help people like him?

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Cort, Health Guide
3/26/10 12:20am

There certainly are and they can be very helpful. Mindfulness-based-stress-reduction programs were originally developed, in fact, for pain patients who no longer got relief from drugs. MBSR courses are now taught across the country. You can find practitioners here: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mbsr/

 

Other pain management course are available. Researchers now know that anxiety activates pain producing circuits - so stress relieving therapies can be surprisingly helpful at times. 

 

John Kabat Zinn created the MBSR course- you might want to check out his book - "Full Catastrophe Living" for more info on this type of therapy. Good luck! 

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Michelle, Community Member
3/29/10 12:19pm

Cort:  Thank you so much.  I feel like I'm the only soldier in his army and I'm simply out of amunition.  But I can't stop fighting either; even if he wants to give up.  I just know there's something out there than can help.

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aguabug, Community Member
8/ 4/10 5:36pm

Did you find some help for your husband?  I am a 54-year old woman who has suffered with severe pelvic pain since 10/01/08 and I, too, am losing the battle.  I am looking for a place where I could go and stay for awhile.

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aguabug, Community Member
8/ 4/10 5:37pm

Did you find some help for your husband?  I am a 54-year old woman who has suffered with severe pelvic pain since 10/01/08 and I, too, am losing the battle.  I am looking for a place where I could go and stay for awhile.

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Michelle, Community Member
8/ 4/10 5:53pm

One in Maine sounded pretty good for men or women.  I bought both Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's book and CD-Rom and learned a lot about coping and controlling pain.  I REALLY found it inciteful as a caretaker and I understood his reactions to his pain so much better.  May I ask what your pelvic pain is from?  

 

I found Darlene Cohen online but its for women in chronic pain so it didn't fit my situation. She holds retreats for pain management.  Maybe it will help you.  http://www.darlenecohen.net/welcome.html.  I haven't really checked out her site carefully, but from the brief glimps I had it looks promising. 

 

Please keep writing and keep fighting. 

 

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Christine Northrup M.D. is an amazing book.  I recommend it to any woman healthy or ill.  Men could even benefit from her wisdom.  Her DVD seminars are inspiring too - You name it, she talks about it and with such knowledge and honesty as a Dr. of 30 years. 

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