"Everything hurts," the Renaissance legend Michelangelo once declared. Let's be honest: we've all felt that way at one time
I walked home feeling light as a feather but filled with mixed emotions. My advice if you want this done, is to go in open minded, emotionally detached and ready for anything, Kind of like a one night stand I guess.
Let us be clear from the offset, we don't yet know the circumstances of his death. What we do know is he had a pain problem and that he's also been given antidotes to counteract high doses of pain medication.
I must admit I was taken aback when my patient made this statement. It was over 15 years ago, but I remember it clearly. Initially I thought this was quite an extreme reaction but over the years, it has influenced my attitude and management of women suffering from endometriosis.
Compassion is key when we consider pain, bringing kindness and understanding towards ourselves when experiencing pain can make a difference. Studies show time and time again the variance in pain experience when mindfulness and compassion are introduced.
I know many people who live with pain similar to mine, and many others whose pain manifests itself totally differently. However pain touches them, it needs treating to allow them to live anything near a normal life.
Most sleepwalkers don't feel any pain during their nighttime wanders, according to science. And we're pretty freaked out
We want people to share their stories with us in order to shine a light on the realities of living with arthritis pain, and, importantly, to guide the pain research we fund in 2016.
The definition of acceptance is to realise the reality of a situation and be at peace with it. When you break it down like this you can see it's not an over night flick of a switch. For example living with pain requires a level of kindness to oneself and an ability to be with things as they are to move on and carry on in life.
Researchers studying neuroscience have shown that just a weeks worth of sitting with awareness of pain and engaging with meditation (following the breath), changes the brains response to pain.