Attaining herniated disc pain relief is the primary goal of any patient who is suffering with debilitating symptoms associated with a bulging disc condition. Finding a treatment which gives lasting herniated disc relief is a major problem for many affected individuals, but not because of the severity of their structural disc issue. Instead, this relief is rarely found because of possible diagnostic errors on the part of the treating physician, or worse yet, purposeful exaggeration of the actual consequences of an innocent spinal irregularity. It makes sense. If the diagnosis is correct, then appropriate treatment should resolve it. Is this your reality? No, mine either.
This article will detail how to integrate the mind and body to work towards the same goals of healing and recovery. Learn why the body might suffer lasting pain due to the emotional effects of a diagnosed bulging disc and understand how to get back on the right path to good health.
After being diagnosed with a herniated disc, most patients are afraid of what the future will hold for them. This is a time when their doctor must be sure to reassure the patient by telling them the facts about herniated discs. These facts include informing the patient that herniated discs are common and not inherently painful. Perhaps the most important fact that patients must know is that most acute herniated disc pain syndromes will resolve in a matter of weeks, even if not given any particular medical attention.
While it is crucial for every person with a herniated disc to understand the clinical profile of their disc condition, it unfortunately rarely occurs. Most patients are not filled in on the objective facts concerning bulging discs and instead, are made to suffer additional physical pain and emotional anxiety through the nocebo effect of the diagnostic process. No wonder they have pain. They are often suffering physically and also emotionally, as well.
The nocebo effect is very strong when it comes to a herniated disc. The condition has a fearsome reputation as a perpetually agonizing health problem, which can lead to permanent disability in many people. This reputation is based far more on myth than on fact. Doctors should be aware of this predisposition to think the very worst when it comes to disc pain and many certainly are. In fact, some opportunists actually count on it to make their living.
Many doctors will do their best to reinforce the healing processes by giving the patient hope for a fast and complete recovery. These patients typically recuperate and return to full physical function. Other doctors do nothing at all and allow the patient to find their own way through the treatment system. These patients usually do not fare as well. Worse still, some care providers take the diagnostic opportunity as a chance to make some fast cash, by playing up the condition to its most frightening form, escalating the already present nocebo effect and setting the ideal circumstances for a chronic back pain syndrome. This is all done in the name of the almighty dollar.
Finding relief from any painful, or perceived to be painful, condition is a joint effort of the body and mind, as well as doctor and patient. In order to truly recover from a herniated disc, or any back, neck or sciatica pain syndrome, you must integrate the workings of the mind and body to work together.
Furthermore, the mind is divided into the logical self and the emotional self. Learning the real facts about disc conditions will certainly satisfy the logical mind. However, you must apply this knowledge to overcome the emotional nocebo which is so strong when it comes to degenerative disc disease or herniated discs.
If you can get past the anxiety and fear of the diagnosis, you will be in the perfect place to allow your body to do what it does best: Heal. If you can not fulfill these criteria, you may have already doomed yourself to a potentially eternal battle with hellish chronic pain.