I find it odd that when I am at my worst pain, I feel the desire to inflict more pain upon myself.
For instance...when I cannot tolerate the thumping and throbbing in my head anymore...it comforts me when Jesse either takes the palms of his hands to either side of my temples and squeezes with all his might...or takes a fistfull of my hair at the base of my skull and tugs as hard as he can.
I have also gone as far as banging my head againt the wall, punching the top of my head with my fists, and wrapping different accessories, such as a towel or belt, around my head tightly.
It has even gotten to the point where girls at work and my children will give my hair a yank if asked.
I asked Dr. B. about this bizarre behavior I have been engaging in...
Good ole' distraction.
By creating different sensations...whether it be different types of pain, different areas of pain, numbing or vibration...it's all doing the same thing...
Distracting me from the relentless, chronic pain I feel in my head.
Distraction techniques can be very useful when trying to cope with pain. While it does not take the pain away, it can help take the edge off.
I do not advocate going to the extremes I have gone...but less dramatic techniques I also use includes...
-Taking a bath
But...really...back to the hair pulling it is!