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Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

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Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:37 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:02 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Justsit » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:56 pm

Any documentation for better pain relief during a migraine headache using meditation vs. drugs?

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:22 pm

Bhikkhu Bodhi speaks about his pain problems in a talk here:
http://www.audiodharma.org/teacher/19/

However, he was unable to completely fix the problems with meditation (or anything else).

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Justsit » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:25 pm

Thanks, I'll check it out.
That has been my experience as well. :cry:

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:48 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Justsit » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:07 pm

Interesting! Thanks, I'll check that out as well.

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Monkey Mind » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:30 am

Not migraines, but I was prone to outrageous headaches before I attended my first 10-day retreat. I have not had any of those since that retreat, 2.5 years later.
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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:47 am

Greetings,

In terms of headaches, I suspect the effectiveness of meditation as prevention/cure probably depends on the underlying cause behind the headache. For example, if you're prone to tension headaches, and through a Dhamma practice inclusive of meditation, you reduce the underlying tension, goodbye tension headaches.

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:54 am

Hi Daniel,

Certainly there is a lot of activity in this area. The more the merrier!

I mentioned Kelly McGonigal's talk because she specifically addressed the research in the OP, and had an interpretation of it that I thought was particular interesting. The comments by Patrick Kearney were also very intriguing. Those interpretations, whether they are correct in detail or not, are interesting because they involve an analysis of terms of the Buddha-Dhamma of issues that are relevant to the goals of meditation from a Buddhist perspective rather than meditation only as pain relief.

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Vepacitta » Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:52 am

Well, meditation is certainly helpful - but having just been through an operation and about to undergo another particularly nasty operation very soon - I will be grateful for the painkillers and muscle relaxers I will be getting. I have also been through years of chronic dental pain (misdiagnoses - it's now all over thankfully) and can tell you that at a certain point I was in such pain that I in a state of dementia - hearing voices - etc - this was due to a badly septic wisdom tooth - I was told it was my 'imagination' - was lucky I didn't go into septic shock when I finally found a good oral surgeon - a woman by the way.

I am for giving adequate pain relief - which isn't done very well in the United States. My friend's Swiss girlfriend can't believe how barbaric we are in the US when it comes to pain control - even for terminal patients. Character buidling my arse ...

Just my two cantankerous cents from Mt Meru,

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Vepacitta » Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:11 pm

Indeed, Daniel.
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