Rosemary Fish, a Phd student at the National University of Ireland is writing her thesis "Acceptance, expressive writing and chronic pain". Much has been written about the therapeutic benefits of expressive writing for those who have experienced trauma. I believe the benefits for chronic pain sufferers go beyond mere distraction. Writing is wholly absorbing. In a way it's like meditation in that it requires full concentration. More than this though I believe writing also helps us clarify our thinking, is an outlet for our emotions and can help us to accept our situation. (Acceptance does not imply complacency.)
One writer I've posted about many times is Usiku of http://www.usiku.net/. Usiku was a member of my now closed RSD support group. He encouraged us and was inspired in his writing by learning how we dealt with pain.
I'd like to introduce you to another young writer, Christopher Currie who has a new blog http://www.furioushorses.com/. Chris uses this blog to encourage
Chris is a young man and a published author. He bagan his blog as a way of reinvigorating his writing, encouraging him to write each day. You'll find Chris is a gifted writer with a quirky style. I encourage you to visit his site. It may inspire you with ideas.
I encourage you all to write. It doesn't matter whether you spell correctly. What matters is you write. As a teacher I encouraged my students to do five minutes silent writing each day. At first they wrote things like, "she's making us do silent writing. This is stupid. Why do I have to sit here writing?" They did just what I wanted them to do. They wrote what they were thinking. They wrote from their hearts. I didn't insist that they share their work but in time all of them did share some of it. The process of writing is healing. As I mentioned before it helps to put things in perspective. Of course these are just my thoughts.
crps/rsd related articles
- Nursing Patients with CRPS/RSD
- Vitamin c and CRPS 2010
- Cleveland Clinic link - twin research
- Complex Regionaal Pain Syndrome and identical twins.
- Familial occurance of CRPS.
- Headache a risk factor for CRPS.
- Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and CRPS
- Brain change in chronic CRPS -Neuron
- Vitamin c as preventative for CRPS - Netherlands study 2007
- Vitamin C and CRPS study ARC Bristol
- BestBETs Best Evidence Topics - Hydrotherapy for Comples Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) of the foot and ankle
- Neurotopian - Matthias Weinberger's fantastic blog.
- hope-4crpsrsd - a Christian support group
- podcast - Australian Native Fruits bear sweet antioxidants.
- Explain Pain - David Butler's blog
- CRPS/RSD and Dentistry
- HTCwP - brain control of movement is altered in CRPS - study
- HTCwP - Self Compassion or Self Esteem
- Neuromatrix Training Blog
- Neurodynamics - Physical and Neural Health Blog
- Explain Pain Blog
- JB & JS report - Can Vitamin C Prevent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Patients with Wrist Fractures?
- Matthais Weinberger's interview on "how to Cope with Pain" website.
- How to Cope with Pain - Ketamine Coma treatment for CRPS/RSD
- RSDHope - DVD set of three
- North Western University Feinburg School of Medicine "Old Memory Traces May trigger chronic pain."
- HOw to Cope with pain How Pain Affects Families -Tony's story.
- Prevention.com article -"Natural-Born Pain Killers"
- Brain control altered in movement with CRPS -How to Cope With Pain
- How to Cope With Pain - Asking for help.
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part I
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part II
- How to Cope with Pain on Recognize - Here's a way to get ready to move - with less pain.
- American Pain Foundation Booklet: Treatment Options - A Guide for People Living in Pain
- Preventing CRPS after surgery - International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS
- How to Cope with Pain - great questions about Graded motor movements
- How to Cope with Pain - Recognize podcast
- How to Cope with Pain - Graded motor imagary
- How to Cope with Pain - Think & move & your pain will improve.
- How to Cope with Pain - CRPS - Can mirrors help?
- RSD Canada Online Survey Questionnaire
- For Grace web site
- For Grace Utube site
- How to Cope With Pain - Can mirrors help?
- Noi Group Australia
- Support groups help you cope with pain - HTCWP interview by National Pain Foundation
- How to Cope with Pain Mindfulness video from Utube.
- "How to Cope with Pain's" hilarious video.
- Jason's RSDS/CRPS News & Information blog
- BBC UK News - Vitamin C /crps study - "Mystery pain left me in a wheelchair"
- Dr Moseley's interview on How to Cope with Pain site.
- Virtual Reality as a Rehabilitative Technology for Phantom Limb Experience.
- UK mirror box therapy site.
- Ramachandran's mirror box video
- My interview on "How to Cope with Pain" website.
- Napp Pharmaceuticals donate mirror boxes - WebWire article
- How to Cope with Pain: A guide to coping with pain.
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part II
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