Leva Pain Clinic: How I discovered the programme

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What is Module 1 about?

“pain is so much more than a physical sensation!”

Leva Pain Management Programme

It affects us all both physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and economically. This got me to thinking about how my pain first came about and what impact it had on my life.

How pain first impacted my life

After the manchester marathon

What is pain?

This then led me to thinking about what pain actually is. My personal understanding of it is that it is your body’s alarm system that tells you something is wrong. It is a natural response to an injury or illness and is a way of keeping your body safe. From research, I discovered that it is often felt as a physical experience in the body yet no two people experience it in the same way!

what is pain

3 types of pain

Pain can also come in 3 forms either acute, episodic or chronic. Acute pain is when for example you burn yourself and the body needs time to heal but the skin will heal and the discomfort will disappear. Episodic pain helps when you have pain from time to time, for example when you have sickle cell disease or period aches. Chronic pain though is pain that consists for longer than 3 months and there is often no cause or injury left to treat or get better from.

Chronic pain cycle

3 categories of pain

It can also fall under 3 other categories that often overlap which are nociceptive, neuropathic or nociplastic pain. Nociceptive pain is, for example, tissue damage or inflammation from a paper cut or broken bone. Neuropathic pain is nerve damage from things such as shingles and sciatica. Nociplastic pain is pain that changes how the nervous system feels and interprets pain. These include fibromyalgia and IBS.

nociception

What matters to me

The programme then got me to focus on what matters to me. In no particular order, these are:

  1. Being the best mum I can be to my little boy
  2. Continuing on my journey with Powerlifting and getting new PBs
  3. Continuing and improving on my journey with Sewing
  4. Strengthening and constantly improving my relationship with my husband
  5. Staying in touch with friends and being a good friend
  6. Breastfeeding my little boy for as long as we are both comfortable
  7. Learning new skills and keeping my brain sharp
Mummy the fibro warrior and her baby

These are who I want to be as a person, how I want to treat myself, others and how I want to be perceived. I want to be creative with my sewing, patient with my parenting, supporting and loving to my husband, kind and caring to my friends, motivated with my powerlifting and organised with my time. Knowing what is important to me and what matters to me, I wonder whether you can reflect on what matters to you? This will help you to set goals and stay motivated on your journey with fibromyalgia as you will always be referring to your values.

Mindfulness practice

As I’ve mentioned in my blog before, I have done quite a bit of meditation and part of module one focuses quite a lot on mindfulness. Although, I personally find mindfulness and meditation good in short bursts, I end up getting bored and feeling like there is so much more I could be doing. I’m probably a prime example of someone who needs to meditate more! However, this course teaches you more about what mindfulness is and how it is not just meditating. I must admit, after doing 4 or 5 of the meditations during the day today, I have felt a lot calmer and able to handle most challenges. It was also really helpful for me to do one before bed as just recently I’ve been feeling quite wired when I go to bed at the moment. Perhaps, I need to keep going with meditation and mindfulness and really give it a great go!

what is mindfulness

Summary

So, all in all, based on Module 1 so far, I can really recommend the Leva Pain Management Programme. It is informative, helpful, has actionable steps and a mixture of audio and reading so you don’t become too overwhelmed. It’s easily accessible, can be worked through at your own pace and I can’t wait to start Module 2. I’ll keep you abreast of my progress on each module!

Mummy the Fibro Warrior Top Tip:

  1. Really think about your values and based on these was specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timed goals you could put in place to make your life more aligned to your values. Start small!

If there is one takeaway I’d like you all to remember today is that there is more to us as people than our chronic pain condition. Find your values, interests, hobbies and work towards using these as goals. Don’t let chronic pain win. I need you to know you are doing the best you can, your child/children love you just as you are and you are Mummy the Fibro Warrior!

Until next time,

x

p.s. Have you taken part in the Leva Pain Management Programme? What are your values and what goals do you have? What is your understanding of pain? Please do let me know in the comments below!

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