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"Yes You Can" Live the Life You Want
August 01, 2014

"Yes You Can"
Living with Back Pain Newsletter

Hi Everyone,
My name is Dave and I run the website at Just like you, I am living with back pain and have been for many years. I started his website to try and help people, like myself, who are living with pain that will never go away.


The Fourth Edition, #0004

Well, here it is, the fourth edition of "Yes You Can". We start off with an inspiring story about an American icon. Whenever you see this guy he is always animated and excited and living his life, larger than life. Wait until you hear the story about the back pain that he lives with every day.

Give Yourself some Pain Medicine

In our Distraction section this month you can learn how to give yourself a shot of (almost) morphine. Discover the benefits of endorphins and learn how to increase your endorphin levels.

Are You a Criminal because You have Pain?

Our Latest From The Web presents an interesting piece about doctors refusing to write prescriptions for pain medication when people test positive after using marijuana to treat their pain. People who are dealing with chronic pain feel that they are being turned into criminals because they need to find their pain medicine on the street.

The Most Exciting News

A recent page from Living with Back Pain reviews the exciting advances in stem cell therapy. It looks like one day we will be able to grow our own body parts. If you don't find that to be exciting you need to have someone check your pulse.


Who Is This Person?

Terry Eugene Bollea was born in Augusta Georgia in 1953. They showed an interest in wrestling in high school but later in college became more interested in bodybuilding and music.

When college began to interfere with his music career he dropped out of school and with two of his friends formed a band called Ruckus. Playing local clubs they became a local sensation in the Tampa Bay region.

6'8" tall and 300 pounds

Meanwhile, Terry continued to work out and was now strong enough to lift "big weights". This an additional bulk and muscle added to his already impressive stature at 6'8" tall and 300 pounds.

This imposing size attracted the attention of professional wrestling promoters who enticed him into becoming a professional wrestler.

He Endured Many Painful Injuries

Over the years Terry found remarkable success in professional wrestling. He won many championships and was very popular with the fans but the physical demands of his career took a toll on his back and on his body.

After multiple left knee surgeries he had a left hip replacement in 2004 and a left knee replacement in 2005.

His First Back Surgery

In constant back pain and unable to go on he had his first back surgery in February of 2009. Six month later the pain was still so severe that he collapsed and underwent a second surgery in August of 2009.

Even though the pain never went away Terry return to the ring in 2010. This time rebuilding his professional wrestling career as a villain that the fans love to hate. Through it all his matches continued to draw big crowds.

The Pain Never Quit, but Neither Did Terry

As he continued to rebuild his career and reinvent himself in the character of a bad guy he took time out for two more back surgeries in May and September of 2010. The day after his surgery in September of that year he woke up and was unable to get out of bed.

This time instead of opting for more surgery Terry decided on a pain control device called Spinal Cord Stimulation. He underwent a procedure to implant electrodes in the spinal canal that use electricity to block the pain signal.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

The spinal cord stimulator did little to block Terry's pain. He continued promoting his charismatic and high profile wrestling career with television appearances and by talking about rematches and regaining his championship title.

In spite of all the talk and drama of professional wrestling Terry was unable to return to the ring and in December of 2010 he underwent a 10 hour surgery to fuse his spine.

On August 11 2014 Terry will turn 61 years old. He has had an impressive career and endured pain through most of it. He has won many professional wrestling titles and championships over the years. He has had his own TV show. His professional and personal life has been documented by his millions of fans through Twitter and other social media outlets.

Still Going Strong

At 60 years old he is still very active, promoting wrestling and his many other interests. At this time he does not appear to be active on the wrestling circuit but with Hulk Hogan you just never know what is going to happen next.

When you see him and talk to him he is still talking trash like a professional wrestler, laughing and enjoying his life.

The one thing you can say for certain is that Terry Eugene Bollea (who is also known as Hulk Hogan) has never let pain and especially back pain stop him from living a full and active life.


What Is In A Distraction?
Using Your Brain to Control Your Pain

Get Yourself a Shot of Morphine (Almost)
Stimulate Your Endorphins

Endorphins are those magic little molecules that are released by your pituitary gland. They are not exactly the same as morphine but they do activate the same receptors in your brain causing many of the same affects.

They can Block Pain and Make You High

These hormones are released in response to pain and stress, but they are also released with some pleasurable activities. They block pain by a activating the opioid receptors in your brain.

They are what causes the "runner's high" that long distance runners talk about. They also trigger a reward system that some people may experience when they are shopping or gambling. This may be what leads to addictive behaviors.

Trigger Your Endorphin Release

•Vigorous physical exercise will stimulate the release of endorphins.

•Eating spicy food like Chile peppers can increase the secretion of endorphins and hotter peppers or spicier foods release more endorphins.

•Nibbling on chocolate will deliver endorphins into your system. This may explain the comforting feeling some people get from eating chocolate.

•Acupuncture and acupressure has been shown to increase your endorphin levels.

•Studies have shown that massage therapy can cause the release of endorphins.

•Sexual activity is a strong trigger for releasing endorphins.

•Meditation and focused pleasurable thoughts will stimulate endorphins release

These are just a few of the techniques that you can use as a distraction to increase your endorphin levels and help block your pain.

Unfortunately, no one can do it for you. You need to pick a few of these activities that seem appropriate for you and get busy. You can start controlling your pain.

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Latest from the Web

The Marijuana Conundrum and Are You A Criminal?

This interesting article from American News Report, The Marijuana Conundrum, presents some of the pros and cons of using marijuana for pain. They also discuss how testing positive for marijuana can cause your doctor to stop prescribing your pain medication.

Fascinating piece about the criminalization of people in pain that should concern all of us.


Latest News from

Stem Cell Treatment Shows Promise

This latest webpage on Living with Back Pain discusses exciting new developments in the treatment of degenerative disc disease with stem cell therapy.

Imagine harvesting your own stem cells from your bone marrow and injecting them into your degenerative discs where they will grow into a new healthy disc.

We are not quite there yet but the gap is closing.

Learn more at Stem Cell Treatment Shows Promise.


Well, that is it for this month.

I hope you enjoyed it.

I'm hoping that everyone keeps getting up every day and fighting back against the pain because "Yes You Can" live the life you want.


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