Interviewer: “George, do you think the number of people seeking help for chronic pain has  increased?”

Response: “I think the number of people has increased exponentially due, in part, to people not using, or not learning from childhood, more effective ways to cope with pain. People are becoming dependent on substances like opiates, cocaine or alcohol; blame others or become demanding or avoid problems or look for ways to get their needs met quickly leading to gambling addiction or disability requests. Many people have tremendous difficulty in coping well, being able to tolerate frustration or delaying their gratification. Many want a quick answer or one ultimate, pain relieving treatmemt, like a prescription, that will totally alleviate their pain once and for all.
The need for immediate gratification and loss of patience has risen to such an extent that it has impacted neurological conditions, including the demands for one’s brain structures to generate more of the neuro- transmitter dopamine and actual changes in one’s brain structure like the shrinkage of the hippocampus.
You speed too quickly in your car or you race your car’s engine too much, or stop and go too fast, you’re going to burn out your car parts.
Many people, especially those in the baby-boomer generation, like me, who were very athletic and exercised daily, were either not informed properly about long- term health risks or were simply not willing to change their exercise regime due to their inability to ‘let go’ and accept change and loss based on conflicts between one’s high, self- and societal expectations/standards and loss due to aging.
Even younger people are driven too much by thinking they have to supersede their daily expectations using such technological items as fit- bits.
You should hear the doctors talking in the hospital lunchroom almost daily about how they are seeing more and more younger patients for rotator cuff surgeries, knee replacements, torn ACLs and ligaments and other sports injuries. Cardiologists are seeing more younger people for stress,high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels. Look at the level of obesity in this country. Wouldn’t you think that has an impact on increased chronic pain?
Many people are having difficulty keeping up with the rapid changing of the times due to one’s neurological-pre-frontal cortex-executive functioning demands for multi-tasking, organization, and self-monitoring.
Many people who have chronic pain are anxious about job replacement due to changing technology. Many companies are sending their employees hone to work alone on their computers to save structural, fixed costs. This is leading to increasing loneliness and isolation.
A critical concern for increased, chronic pain is the desensitization of people to heightened levels of sensory sex and aggression, sparked by the media or even by the present political polarization of the two parties. The media competes more and more to attract viewers or consumers because of the number of media formats, internet sites, applications and TV stations and dying newspapers and magazine.
What is very concerning is the impact of heightened sensationalism about sex and physical abuse cases that is raising peoples’ repression of earlier abuse when they were children or teenagers. The media and political party members seem innoculated to the impact these kinds of cases are having with people who have chronic pain and suffer from PTSD. “

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