The Narrow Focus of Pain

Joanna Cutler
Mar 14, 2018 · 1 min read

Last week my 10+ year old, recently adopted chihuahua, Gina, was diagnosed with severe degenerative disc disease and was having a hard time walking. Maybe it was sympathy pain, but my back started to hurt too! It felt like I pulled a muscle in the right mid back. My breathing got more shallow, I was less comfortable in bed, I took ibuprofen regularly, I felt stiff, and my mood darkened as the pain grabbed my attention.

The strange part is that this is felt new to me. 15 years ago this was my life, every day, for 8 years. I remember feeling 80 years old, stiff in the mornings, unable to run to catch a bus with my friends, unable to stay out in the evenings with friends, falling into bed because I could not stay upright one more moment. But ever since my spinal fusion on 03/03/03 > Feldenkrais Training > Anat Baniel Method training, I have felt better and better all the time, just like the Beatles song. :)

My re-introduction to this once familiar feeling has got me thinking back on my journey with chronic pain. So I’m going to share my story, in hopes that might be useful to you. And FYI, my dog is feeling better on pain meds and a round of steroids. Hopefully she won’t need surgery, like her mom.

Joanna Cutler

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Practicing Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement and the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais at NeuroBodyWorks in Portland, Oregon.