How many of you have thought that you didn’t have enough time with the patients you believed really needed it? Or experienced the pressures of productivity standards and competing responsibilities? I most certainly have. And though you may feel that there isn’t nearly enough one on one time for the person experiencing persisting pain, there are many things you CAN do that can help.
It is imperative that people feel hopeful, not hopeless. The idea that symptoms vary, implies that something is influencing the change. If we can track symptom changes better, then we have an opportunity to decipher what may be contributing to that fluctuation.
I think there is a misconception that self management strategies are solely about coping. There is very much a coping element to it, but more importantly it is about massed practice of “safety” to promote neuroplastic change away from persistent pain.