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If you’re still searching for that miracle cure for your pain, if you're sure you've already tried everything, and most of all, if you feel like your pain is something you can’t do anything about...
...Then don’t read on.
Behind Closed Doors...
Discover the Hidden Factors which Specialists Know Drive Chronic Pain
In the previous page, you learned how the things most people believe important aren't so important - once someone's pain has become chronic.
Research shows there are other key indicators of whether someone will make a full recovery from chronic pain...or not.
The interesting thing about these factors is that they’re all intangible, subjective things. And none of them are related to your physical health.
They're called 'Yellow Flags' and if you have all of them, you're far less likely to recover from chronic pain than someone who has only a few (or none.)
Check the table below to see what they are:
The 'Yellow Flags'
Factors which make chronic pain recovery harder
Depression or Anxiety
Belief that pain is a sign of damage
Expectation of curative passive treatments
Less activity and social interaction due to fear of pain
Use of extended rest
Increased use of alcohol and other drugs
Unsupportive or overprotective partner / family
Unsupportive work environment
Prolonged time off work
You’re about to learn the truths about chronic pain which specialists rarely share with their patients. This information may be difficult to accept, but this is what the research shows.
If you’ve ever been curious what chronic pain specialists talk about after their patients have gone home…
...when they’re discussing the day’s cases with their colleagues…
...when they’re trying to thrash out the real problems with each person who’s come through their doors…
...and figuring out the likelihood they’ll actually succeed…
…then read on, because what you’re going to hear will probably surprise you.
Dr Jonathan Kuttner MBBCH, Dip O&G, Dip Sports Med, Dip MSM, FRNZCGP, FAFMM
Hi, my name is Dr Jonathan Kuttner.
I’ve been a chronic pain specialist for over seventeen years now, and a medical doctor for 25 years before that.
I’ve written a best selling book on chronic pain, and my work has been covered in national and international publications.
Each week I also do two clinics where I work with other pain specialists to help people recover from chronic pain and move on with their lives. After each patient has left, with a hot cup of coffee and some biscuits, we talk about their case, and what’s going to stand in the way of their getting better.
So, what do we talk about? Well, here’s what we don't discuss:
The original cause of the person't pain
What their MRI or xray scans looked like.
How severe their pain was on a scale of 1-10
Whether their pain was there all the time, or whether it came and went
How many specialists they’d already seen and treatments they’d already tried
There you have it. These are the factors which first make it more likely you’ll develop chronic pain, and then make it more likely you’ll stay in pain.
This is news most people don’t want to hear. I’m not going to sugar coat it here though, because sugarcoating it won’t do you any favours in the long run.
I can hear people right now saying ‘But! I’m a positive person! I have a very supportive spouse! I’m doing everything I can!’
That may be true, but this is what the research says, and research is based on averages. Sure, there will be exceptions. But these factors have held true across thousands of people.
The fact someone is stressed all the time at work turns out to be more important for their long term recovery than whether they have back pain from use over the years, or a serious car crash.
Of course, there are other things that need to be sorted. For example, if you have Lymes disease, this has to be treated with the right antibiotics. But whether you develop chronic pain after contracting Lymes disease may has more to do with these yellow flags than other factors.
This is why the conversation on yellow flags happens after the patients go home. It’s not something many people are open to looking at. At least not at first.
Here’s a really important yellow flag from the table above: ‘Expectation of curative passive treatments.’
What exactly does this mean?
Well, it’s something pain specialists call ‘being stuck in a "fix me" mentality.’
This ‘fix me’ mentality is something Big Pharma has spent billions to promote. It’s the illusion that you can take a magic pill, or get one very flash surgery, and you’ll be instantly cured, without you having to do anything yourself.
This is true for some conditions. I’ve seen people revive like a wilted plant when they’re given a trace mineral they’re missing, or exactly the drugs they need to stop an infection.
But for chronic pain, unfortunately, it’s very rarely true.
If it was true, if there really was a magic drug, or operation that worked for everyone, then chronic pain would not be called chronic pain. It would be called ‘short term’ pain.
But it’s not.
The truth about chronic pain is that once you have it, your best bet is to get the right information and the right team who will help you help yourself to get out of pain.
Let me say that again another way, because it’s so important.
In the pain clinics we work in, we support people so they can help themselves to get out of pain.
More than anything, we look at the factors inside them which will get in their way. And the factors around them - in their home and work life - which will stop them making progess.
At the multidisciplinary pain clinic, when we see someone who’s ready to do the work, who’s emotionally resilient, who hasn’t given up hope, who’s determined (even when things have been really tough) and who has a good network of family and friends, we all heave a sigh of relief.
When we see someone who’s depressed, who’s isolated, who’s anxious and afraid to move, then we’re concerned, because we know it’s going to be harder for this person to do the work needed to get out of pain.
I’m not saying it’s impossible. Certainly, I’ve seen people do this. But it’ll be more of a battle.
Here's the good news.
These Yellow Flag factors are not set in stone.
It's possible to develop the resilience, support and habits you'll need to get out of chronic pain. It's also possible to get the knowledge of what you need to do in order to get your life back.
In fact, it's something we can help you with.
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