For people with chronic pain, life can be a frustrating series of baffled doctors and ineffective pain medications.
But there are ways to cope with chronic pain and strategies for dealing with it.
Senior Services of Snohomish County is presenting a very informative workshop on controlling chronic pain at the East County Senior Center.
Unfortunately, this workshop is in its last few weeks but can be presented again; so if you have missed this one, do not fret.
In fact, according to the book handed out at the workshop, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” fretting is an expression of stress that, through the exercises taught at this workshop, can be controlled or dismissed.
During the workshop, Martha Peppones, Nutrition Director at Senior Services of Snohomish County, explained the “Symptom Cycle,” in which each symptom contributes to one another, creating a cycle of pain that soon can become chronic and debilitating.
Some of the symptoms in the cycle include poor sleep, which negatively impacts physical ability, which is often accompanied by pain, which can cause stress or anxiety, which leads to difficult emotions, which often leads to depression, perhaps including a component of shortness of breath which causes fatigue, and so on.
The workshop lasts for six consecutive weeks and attendees are encouraged to not miss more than the first session; otherwise one would not be able to catch up with the group.
The group learns to reduce stress and frustration by managing symptoms. To accomplish this everyone sets weekly goals, then brings in worksheets to share with the group. The group helps each participant solve problems that interfered with achieving the week’s goal.
Contact Barb Thomas at 425-265-2283 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a waiting list for future workshops. You may also request a workshop but you will need at least 12 participants to arrange one.