This is my review on Week 6 and Conclusion of Control My Pain Program from the Survive Strive Thrive team which was designed to teach people holistic strategies to heal their pain. The whole course is video and audio content which I think makes it more interesting and easy to understand.
Week Six – Communication
Communication and relationships are discussed through a video which explains in great detail on how important it is to have a good communication and relationship with anyone who is looking after you as your pain may interfere with your communication. Your relationships are important to your well being and can increase or decrease your pain.
They then go into communication styles through a quiz and explain with an infographic on 10 tips to help a family member in pain. Another infographic will help you to improve communications when living with chronic pain. I think the infographics are a brilliant way to remind you how to deal with certain pain problems and are something you can always look back on if you are going through a bad patch with your family/carers/friends.
This particular lesson was even more appropriate for me at the moment after losing my father two weeks ago at the young age of 93. I had no idea how the loss of someone so dear could affect my pain and health. It’s been an uphill struggle ever since but as my father had been in hospital for the last three months it should not have come as a surprise to us that he could end up with pneumonia, which eventually took his life.
This week’s session on how to let your family and friends know how you are feeling has made it easier to speak to friends and family without feeling that the odd tears are good for your pain rather than boxing it all up which then causes more pain.
For anyone suffering from chronic pain in any way be it emotionally or physically this program will definitely help you get through it. You can look back on different strategies they have put together whenever you need it but always remember to discuss your problems with a Doctor or specialist before trying anything different to do with your pain control.
I would suggest you also write the the details of this program down to take to your Doctor so they can also see the advantages of this type of treatment for dealing with chronic pain.