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Thoughts on pain

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<p>Saw this today and it got me to thinking.</p>
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<p>Last year I was on an 8 out of 10, but yes, according to this it was maybe a 1, and when I think about the pain that friends have gone through with cancer over the last year I have nothing to complain about.</p>
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<p>But on the physio table today for my weekly torture session, and I don't use that term lightly, I got to thinking about how (and I don't know any other way of putting this) <strong><em>intimate</em></strong> pain can be.  No, I'm not going all S&M on you here, my motto isn't "No Pain, No Gain", it's "No Pain, No Pain".</p>
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<p>But I can see how for some people pain is what can ground them to this existence, provide proof of their tangible reality.  Maybe thats what the attraction is to boxing and the more violent sports.</p>
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<p>When all you can focus on is pain your life is made far simpler and your concerns are reduced to a singular focus.  It's that focus that is lacking in most lives and I think it can be for some people an intoxicant - much like "falling in love" provides a simiilar all-consuming focus.</p>
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<p>I've gone to this weird space in describing my pain.  The absence of pain is not being pain-free for me at the moment, it's like there's a void where the pain used to be, a receptacle there that can be filled up again with pain, a potential for it to be held again.  Something like that Spinal Tap dial that can go to 11, it's down really low but somehow I know that it can be cranked up again.</p>
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<p>Oh well, time get a tea and get to work.</p>
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pain is so individual, but I have to think that a person that can tolerate some types of pain well....doesn't mean they can tolerate all types of pain well. I've not used pain killers after some major surgeries, save the pills for menstrual cramps. I've passed kidneys stones while trying to finish up a workout and another time I had to drug myself silly on Advil PM. I've had pain so bad that I was praying to die and my doctor said " it shouldn't hurt that bad"<img alt="mad.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/mad.gif">
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