Lately I have been looking around online to see what new things people might be trying in order to help ease their RSD pain. One thing I can’t help but notice: the overwhelming amount of fire imagery. Everywhere you look there are pictures of flames. I am guessing the idea is to bring more attention and awareness of the pain to those without RSD. But is it bringing more attention and awareness of the pain in those with RSD? And is the unintended consequence more pain?
I can feel my body respond to those images and it’s not pleasant. If I see the burning, I feel it. Obviously that’s my experience. We are all different. But since guided imagery and visualization is part of pain management, why are we passing around pictures that might exacerbate pain? Maybe we could trade those in for cooling, more calm-inducing images. I wonder if there would be a collective benefit overall in reducing pain for RSD patients who spend a lot of time on line. It certainly seems like the RSD community online is overwhelmingly supportive and positive. Maybe the online community can also be a catalyst for pain reduction based solely on what we are looking at.
From an article posted below from http://www.psychologytoday.com:
“Visualization, often called guided imagery (link is external), or creative visualization, is a powerful, natural way to deal with chronic pain. It involves imagining, in great detail, an ideal situation while experiencing the emotions that would emerge from that best-case-scenario. So, if you’re feeling locked up in pain, you would imagine a vibrant, healthy, comfortable body and allow yourself to feel what that would be like. Stressed out about work? You could visualize your day flowing with ease…According to one study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, levels of cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, drop significantly in people who participate in a guided imagery session. Other research has shown that when stressful, anxiety-producing experiences (link is external) are replaced with healthier, happier, positive mental images people relax significantly and that helps folks feel better, especially since stress can often cause pain to flair.”