I have only looked at 2. It was too frustrating to watch more.
The first talked about how pain is only temporary. It was supposed to be inspirational. It was not.
The other was a 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b8oB757DKc.
It was the same old regurgitation of: pain is a result of lifestyle, emotional and psychological issues/incidents. Change your lifestyle, change your outlook and viola you will feel better.
The presenter suggested diet, activity levels, lifestyle may contribute to your chronic pain. Okay. I will agree to that, on at least some level.
She continues by stating you can 'retrain" your brain.
This is not a new concept. The explanation by some is that the brain learns to keep the pain. If we could retrain it, break the connection(s), we might be able to reduce or stop the pain but...
That is not what she is talking about. Her 'retraining' is looking at "contributors" to your pain experience, how your thoughts and emotions affect the nervous system. This part is legitimate. I think most of us are aware the pain may be worse when we are stressed or anxious and better when we feel relaxed and happy.
The unfortunate part is she goes where those who want to diminish the real, medical, legitimate truth of chronic painalways go.
She suggests looking deep into yourself to see what was happening at the time the pain started and how that may have influenced the developing of the pain. She feels that there are connections between, say, a trauma (emotional, psychic) that happened and the pain starting/worsening.
This is the same old hogwash: it is a psychological issue. Find the trauma and you find the key to the pain.
I moved to NYC 6 months before the pain started. Shortly after arriving I became depressed, for a variety of reasons: new city, no friends, a job I hated.
I wondered, for years, if the depression caused the pain, at least to start. The only problem with that scenario is that my pain is the result of a birth defect. I did not know I had it; and even if the depression allowed for some form of reduction of my brain's ability to fight the effects of the defect, it was not to 'blame' for the trigeminal neuralgia. Because of the birth defect and dozens, if not more, of extra tiny thin blood vessels throughout the left side of my brain, this was going to happen. If not then, then soon.
My family, to this day, think, even after 12 brain surgeries, this is a farce, I am merely lazy, a malingerer. I enjoy not being able to work.
If this is the reaction to a proven disorder how much harder for those who live with fibromyalgia or CRPS that has no proof for its presence?
When it is surmised that cancer is a result of poor emotional/psychological health the naysayers come out in force. No, it is not! It is the result of cells going crazy. No one says your M.S. or Lupus or diabetes is the result of your thoughts. For the first 2 they may say 'yes you have the disease but your pain cannot really be that bad.' For the latter, I do not think I have ever heard it tied to the person's thoughts.
At what point does our disease, our 'disorder' become on a par with all others? What must we do to have the word 'disbelief' removed from the vocabulary of those who talk (and sometimes treat) chronic pain?