The Emotional Benefit of Your Pain

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Pain sucks.

I know that doesn’t sound very doctor-like, but let’s be real. It’s a human reaction to something that feels terrible. And just like most of you, I go through my own bouts of painful this and that on a regular basis.

I was listening to a podcast this morning where the speaker said “pain usually has a purpose”. He wasn’t talking about physical pain, like a sore back or a migraine. But I think that statement applies to physical pain as well.

One of the things that has made me so happy this year is the number of times I’ve heard women say, “it’s time for me to take care of ME and put myself first”.

Usually, it’s because they’re so tired of the pain they’ve been tolerating for months or years that they’ve just reached that breaking point.

And sometimes, I think God allows pain to be present in our lives so we can reach that point of being able to say, “Enough is enough. I matter too.”

Some of you know my story. I suffered daily from horrible headaches as a young woman. I took at least 6-8 extra strength Advil every day just to be able to function. I had X-rays, CT scans, blood work and any other test done to diagnose the cause of my pain. Everything came back negative. Prescription medication was the only option given to me.

Not a hopeful answer when you’re only 22.

Luckily someone suggested I see a chiropractor. Long story short, it changed my life enough that I turned down a medical school offer and went to chiropractic college instead.

And that’s where I met my husband 😍.

My pain was the beginning of a wonderful and very fulfilling life.

My pain also taught me that I had to make a lot of changes in my lifestyle every single day if I want to keep feeling good. The things I suggest to you about stretching and mobility work, about eating foods that heal instead of foods that feed your inflammation, about thinking positive and hopeful thoughts, about speaking kindly to yourself…. These things aren’t just words of advice.

They’re things I do to help keep myself moving forward.

Your pain has brought you to a place in your life where you’re ready to make change. You don’t have to like the pain (who does?).

But knowing that your pain is serving a bigger purpose often helps us deal with it more effectively. If you do the right things and make little changes over time, your pain won’t last forever. You will get through it.

And I will be there with you every step of the way 😊.

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HI! I'm Dr. Shawna Dingman and I operate Elevate Women's Health Centre in Port Perry. I am the co-owner of Elevate Health Centres with my husband, Dr. Craig Dingman. 

Speaking of family, I'm a mom of 3 amazing kids: Jackson, Jenna and Cole.  I've always been passionate about the care of women and children, probably because I began my career as a pediatric and pregnancy chiropractor as a young mom with an infant!  Aside from clinical practice, I also coach women chiropractors who want to have practices that are a great fit for their families.  In my "spare" time, I love to cottage with my family, hang out with the kids, CrossFit at our local gym, read a book, catch a great show on Netflix, go for a run or have coffee with friends.