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"Lose Your Back Pain Identity"

Part of the problem with losing back pain associated with a bulging or herniated disc is the attachment we make to it.  Back pain has the uncanny ability to sort of become what we “identify” with on a daily basis as we claim title to “I am a back pain sufferer."  The longer we are a back pain sufferer, the harder it becomes to rid ourselves of the attachment(s) to it.

Back Pain Relief: Use the following steps to lose your "attachment" to back pain:
Step 1:  Create a space between yourself and the "image" of yourself as a back pain sufferer.
Step 2:  Make a decision to cease talking about your back pain situation with anyone other than your medical professionals.  Communicating unnecessarily about your “situation” only serves to strengthen your identity to it.
Step 3:  Refrain from giving attention and thoughts to your back pain.  Instead, turn your attention to thoughts of well being.  Focus your attention to parts of your body that feel good.

Identification with Back Pain

The term “I am a back pain sufferer” gives way to an improper recognition of who we actually are in this moment.  You are not a back pain sufferer, or a man or a physician or whatever.  You only work as a physician, have a male gender and currently “experience” back pain (get it?).  But it is not who you actually are in this life situation.  Our lives are often filled with rituals and routines that when we add them up become a part of who we are on a conceptual level.  So we regularly identify ourselves with different roles that we may have at the current moment in time.  When you identify with back pain, that is what you will see in your world.

You may assume the current role of a back pain sufferer but fortunately this is not actually who you are in this world.  Our roles are likely to change many times in life.  We may go on playing various roles over the course of our life span, some roles are better than others. Seek only to understand that playing a particular role is not actually who you are (or what would happen to you if that which you identify with goes away?). If you say, "I am a lawyer," what happens when you stop working?

Why Identify With Back Pain?

It is unclear exactly why someone or anyone would choose an identification with back pain to begin with in the first place?  It may be part of some social conditioning, behavioral learning or some other learned process?  We potentially get used to the idea as seeing ourselves as an “individual with a bad back”.  Medical professionals may provide attention and continued care that we need or seek?  Others, including family members and friends, may provide a valuable source of attention; even if it means a kind of negative attention.  They may offer to help in various ways and show emotional support we might not otherwise have received if but not for the back pain condition.  The longer we go on with our attachment to back pain, the more secure and comforting it can become simply because it is that which is most familiar to us.

Identifying with back pain can also have some other useful reasons for attachment.  Including an inability to perform in the work force.  It becomes a useful means that when called upon, serves as a reason for NOT trading more of our time for money. 

Whatever the reason, our attachment to back pain and the identity we create with our “bad back condition” has the potential to hold a death grip on our natural healthy psyche.  Especially as others (doctors, friends and family members) reinforce this role identification, and we sort of “get owned” in the process.  Making it a vicious cycle with a nearly endless ability to make toxic the whole of our lives.

Lose Back Pain & Free Yourself

To recognize the attachment is the first step to our freedom from identification with back pain.  That is, creating a “space” around the back pain condition and realizing that you are not your back pain!  Getting a better understanding of our reason(s) for creating the attachment to back pain is the second step to determining a deeper cognition that may be rooted to a bigger problem?  This might require professional advice and/or treatment from a licensed psychologist.  Any physical pain you feel may be compounded by the psychological pain you create.  So don’t create additional psychological pain on top of the physical pain you are already experiencing.

We must take losing our attachment to back pain quite seriously.  It requires repeated practice or work (on yourself) to make it happen.  Getting rid of back pain always starts with you!  And it is a gradual process or journey you take step by step.  I have included a “how to” three step process in the table listed above in order to help put you on a proper path to losing back pain forever.

To conclude, losing back pain may be as simple as losing your attachment(s) to it.  It may at first seem to be a far off concept that is built around quackery, but never underestimate the power of your mind and the part it plays in the dance!


Tommy Hoffman, P.T. By Tommy Hoffman, Licensed Physical Therapist


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