#Pain signals are constantly coming into the nervous system but whether we experience pain depends on whether our nervous systems pain production threshold has been reached and that's partly in our control.
To illustrate this point..
Normal spines start to show signs of wear after the age of 30 years old yet #FaujaSingh the famous #marathoner is100 years +. He has arthritis in every joint in his body given his age, yet he's not in pain, evidenced by the fact that he's still able to #run = his nervous system isn't producing pain to inhibit him from running = #Arthritis but no pain?
Conversely we may be #sitting at our desk and then (what feels like out of nowhere) we start to develop back pain. Our resilience isn't high like Fauja Singhs is, the pain switch gets turned on and what start to notice pain.
Sitting (or any other task) yet nothing wrong with us= pain? ..we get a scan and are told we are fine but we still have pain/have #discdegeneration/ #slippeddisc.
1.Telling us we are fine is not satisfactory because we still have pain so think something is being missed or we seek "a better doctor".
2. The disc #wearandtear or #herniation may have been incidental findings (may have already been there like Fauja Singh arthritis is) but the label of having a slipped disc produces even more #stress, #worry & #anxiety making the pain switch more likely to stay on. This is what often happens.
There's things that we can do to turn the switch off and increase our threshold/#resilience but it takes #awareness, effort and consistency.
Research has showed the following to help to keep the switch turned off:
1. Educating ourselves about how pain works (pain doesn't always = damage)
4. Social support (#forums, time with friends, joining a club or group).