This is such a beautiful story and demonstrates the bravery of our patients so well. When a patient has been in a chronic state of pain, the surpression of the body area is a coping mechanism and by using Explain Pain techniques we are challenging those mechanisms, often with the most wonderful outcome. But – it is a frightening concept for a patient and why we should ensure that we also give our patients the tools to manage their emotions such as mindfulness and CBT either by ourselves if trained or with a suitably trained practitioner. The biopsychosocial model means that we can open up the deeper aspects of what the brain has surpressed, it is powerful and we should remember this.
Thank you for sharing this DrEdgar and all the best wishes for your patient :-)