Nancy J. McPhail – Mindfulness for Chronic Pain Management Program

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From June – Sept. 6, 2016, I was a member of the charter class, “Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management”, led by Dr. Cal Robinson, and based on the work of Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix. I’ve had chronic, lower back pain for 15 years, as a result of arthritic and deteriorating 3 spinal discs. My Dr. would not prescribe opioids, so I depended on big doses of NSAIDS. I exercised, but found it hard to find something that didn’t exacerbate the pain.

In this class, we learned how meditation, and exploring our feelings and roots of pain, could help us control and even reduce pain. The fact meditation reduced fear meant, that stress hormones, a contributor to chronic pain, were also reduced.

I was a bit skeptical that this class could help, but I was willing to try, and I am very glad I did. I started feeling better gradually and found that, not only did the meditation reduce pain, it reduced my anxiety and it increased patience, something I needed!  I was able to reduce the use of NSAIDS by 80%. Since the class, I have less pain, less fear of the future and greater control of my emotions. If I miss a daily meditation, I feel out of sorts; practicing a meditation puts me at a better place, almost immediately.

I am very grateful to Dr. Robinson for bringing this program to our community, and I highly recommend it! I wished I had learned this years ago.

Nancy J. McPhail