Both "Real" Pain and "Memory" Pain feel the same — so what is the difference?
Here is a story about onions from my childhood that explains how memory pain works.
When I was about twelve years old I made a new exotic recipe called stuffed tomatoes. The tomatoes were stuffed with breadcrumbs, onions and some herbs and spices. After some time cooking in our lovely farmhouse wood stove I ate them. The reaction I had can only be described as a severe.
I remember pain of such intensity that I could only lay on the cold vinyl floor and cry and writhe with the agony. I became super sensitive to any stimulation at all. The light had to be turned off for it was painfully blinding. Sound became amplified and I couldn’t hear what people were saying. My parents couldn’t move me to the bedroom for I couldn’t stand their touch. Eventually I fell asleep and my parents must have put me to bed where I slept it off and surprisingly woke up perfectly OK the next morning.
When I was feeling ill all I could smell on my breath was onions, and the smell of onions became strongly associated with this pain.
For about 25 years if I even smelled onion I would immediately feel ill. I could eat cooked onions without a reaction because they don’t smell. When I even thought about the smell I would feel ill and super sensitive.
"Memory" Pain is linked inside your brain to a smell, sound, sight or situation.
Many people with back pain have linked pain to sitting or driving and yet their back maybe healed.
Some have memory pain associated with a particular alcoholic drink that they once overindulged.
Memory pain feel exactly the same as "real" pain yet it is not linked to cellular injury as I explain later in this article.
If you have chronic pain you will be guaranteed to have some element of memory pain — this is normal and human.
If you can't imagine doing an usual activity without pain then you have memory pain,
The Two Steps to Clear "Memory" Pain
Only then will your memory pain be cleared. I have done this with the smell of onions and they no longer affect me.
Understanding "Real" Pain
When you are injured or have a medical condition your cells break open or become leaky and the inside contents of the cells spill out between the tissues.
The body then sends a message to the brain and you feel pain.
When these cell chemicals are flushed away by the body you get better and no longer feel pain.
When you keep injuring the cells or maintain a medical condition your pain will continue. The role of acute pain is to stop doing what ever you are doing and do something differently.
Children who are born without the ability to feel pain have many severe injuries — they injure their bodies until they eventually die early.
Leprosy is another example of a pain free “problem”. People with Leprosy can’t feel their fingers and toes they injure them until they have to be amputated or they fall off.
"Real" Pain Conculsion
The Pain of a Medical Condition or an Injury is telling you that you have some cellular death. It has an important role in a healthy body.
Acute pain is a perfectly normal and natural response that keeps you alive — it is important to respond to your acute pain so that it does not become chronic.
Wendy posts her approach to life and healing in this blog.
These blogs are about how to heal your body without drugs or surgery plus how to become more mindful and peaceful.
Sometimes, people become overwhelmed with information at a session. Information in these blogs will allow them to review the information at their own leisure.
It is best to start treatment with the least invasive approach and if that does not work; then move to the more invasive treatments.
Drugs and surgery are sometimes required so can be an important part of treatment.
If you have learned about your body before surgery the surgical experience can be enhanced so the non drug/surgery approach actually improves surgical outcomes.