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"Yes You Can" Live the Life You Want
October 03, 2014

Hi Everyone,
My name is Dave and I run the website at living-with-back-pain.org. 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.

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The Sixth Edition, #0006

Well, here it is the sixth edition of "Yes You Can". We start off with another inspirational story about a man who lives with burning neuropathic pain in his feet and legs and most people don't even know it even though he is a well known celebrity.

Another great distraction for you this month. It takes intellect and effort, and probably some practice, but you can use your brain to control your pain.

Our from the web section has a warning for you about not advertising the fact that you take pain medicine or have narcotics in your home. It is a fact that some people cannot be trusted.

The latest from living-with-back-pain.org has newest articles about the autonomic nervous system. There is information about how it works to make your pain better or worse, and how you can control it. Check it out to learn what you can do today.

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Who Is This Person?

Brian was born in 1956 in Baltimore Maryland. In high school he was an athlete and a musician along with being a good student. Even in high school his leadership skills began to show when he was elected class president of his junior class and again the next year of his senior class.

After graduation from high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps. His superior officers quickly recognized his talent for leading people and he was soon recommended to the Naval Academy preparatory school. Following his year at preparatory school he was expected to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland.

Brian graduated from the U.s. Naval Academy in 1980 with a degree in engineering with a minor in international security affairs.

As a lieutenant in the United States Navy while working with his crew he began to recognize that he had a gift for public speaking.

He began counseling small groups of family members of the sailors' in his command. Later he began speaking to youth groups about success and overcoming obstacles; thus starting his career as a motivational speaker.

In 1989 Brian left the Navy and continued his career of public service by starting Reach for the American Dream. This nonprofit group helped low income students find ways to attend college.

Working as a motivational speaker eventually lead to his own very successful talk show. Running from 1991 to 2008 his power and dynamism made his show a favorite with his audience and he won many awards.

Also during that period Brian had many acting roles both on television and in off Broadway plays. You may recognize some of the television shows that he has had parts in, including the television series JAG , the 1997 movie The Peacekeeper , the daytime soap opera All My Children .

Since ending his television talk show in 2008 Brian has had a radio talk show and he has stayed active doing infomercials for nationwide companies, like Living Well Healthmaster and Lifelock, on his own television show.

His credits as a radio and television talk show host, actor, and energetic campaigner for many worthwhile public service projects continues to build.

............. Oh By The Way.............

Bryan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. It began when he was on the set of Touched by an Angel , and he started noticing a burning pain in his feet and a little imbalance. He received his diagnoses a few days later.

Ever since that time he has had burning pain in his feet. His pain is there 24 hours a day and it usually gets much worse in the evenings.

He has tried many different narcotic pain medications like Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycodone, Oxycontin and none of those have been very helpful. Narcotics are not very useful for treating this type of neuropathic pain.

He uses many different methods to help him control his pain including medical marijuana, yoga, an anti-inflammatory diet, juicing, and meditation. He talks about using mental techniques that allow him to put his pain in a box, put a ribbon around it, and hold it in his hand.

Since 1999 he has been dealing with the severe pain and other MS symptoms while continuing a very successful and active career.

Yes, you could say that Montel Brian Anthony Williams has not let chronic pain ruin his life.

Montel Williams uses his brain and all of the other tools at his disposal to manage his pain and so can you. You must not let pain ruin your life. You may have pain and there may not be anything that can be done to fix it. Many of us are in that same situation. But you have a brain and you have tools that can help you manage your pain, use them. You can have a full and happy life in spite of the pain.

"Yes You Can"

Read and learn more about the amazing Montel Williams.

Montel Williams on MS, Legalizing Marijuana and 15 Years of Making Television History

Montel Williams MS Foundation

Montel’s Pain-Fighting Solutions on the Dr Oz Show

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

This month I have another interesting distraction for you to try, visualization. It is similar to meditation so you will need to find a quiet space where you will not be interrupted.

Have you ever tried to think about what your pain looks like? If you imagine your pain as his big overwhelming red mass that is ruining your life, guess what? That is exactly what it will be.

You can use your brain to make it different, to make it go away.

First think of a setting that is comfortable and comforting to you. Then close your eyes and visualize yourself going there and then actually being there. Then visualize your pain slowly leaving.

This will be different for each person.

Walk at the Beach
Think about driving to the beach and then getting out of the car. Feel the warm sun on your face and smell the salt air. Hear the surf and feel the sand between your toes. As you walk through the shallow waves on the beach, each wave that goes out takes a little of your pain with it.

Take a Warm Bath
Think about a warm bath in a warm steamy room. Getting undressed and you feel the moisture in the air. Stepping into the warm water and feeling the heat on your feet. Sitting down and feeling the water on your legs and thighs. Sliding down into the water and how it feels across your belly and chest. Think about closing your eyes and just relaxing as the warmth draws the pain out and away.

Enjoy a Mountain Meadow
Think about a mountain meadow on a warm sunny day. Imagine walking out into the meadow and seeing the mountains in the distance. Feel the cool breeze on your face and the grass brushing against your legs as you walk. Envision lying down in the grass and now out of the wind you can really feel the sun beating on your face. As you lay there with your eyes closed feel the pain oozing out of you into the ground.

Well, those are just some ideas, a place to start. Oh I know, your pain is still there. Yes, I understand that it never goes away. The idea is to focus your brain on something pleasant and push your pain into the background. If you spend your time focusing on your pain you are pretty much guaranteed to be miserable.

You can use your brain to construct an endless number of visualization scenarios. Just like so many other things, the more time and effort you put into it the more effective and enjoyable it will be.

No one can do it for you. You need to get busy building your own "special place", repeating your visualization and making it more real each time you do it.

"Yes You Can"

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Latest from the Web

If you are using pain medication keep that fact to yourself.

When you have medications around the house, especially narcotic medications like oxycodone or oxycontin, keep them in a safe place and don't advertise it to your family and friends.

There are many people looking for a chance to beg, borrow, or steal your pain pills and you don't know who they are. It could be a family member or one of their friends. It could be a friend of a friend who happens to overhear that you have pain medicine in the house.

No one needs to know what medications you are taking.

This story out of North America illustrates the point.

Murder over pain pills brings life sentence for Sioux Falls man ============================================================

Latest News from living-with-back-pain.org

Our autonomic nervous system has been helping us stay safe and survive for thousands of years. It is the system that gives us our "fight or flight" response to danger and our "rest and digest" response to more relaxing situations.

The autonomic nervous system is composed of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Learning to control these systems can help to control your chronic pain. Learn what it is all about at these latest pages at Living with Back Pain.

The Autonomic Nervous System is Your Natural Pain Management System

Your Parasympathetic Nervous System Really can control Your Pain (If You will Let It)

Your Sympathetic Nervous System can make Your Pain Worse

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Well, that is it for this month.

I hope you enjoyed it. Drop me an email at living40@living-with-back-pain.org and let me know what you are looking for. I am always on the lookout for new topics.

Stay busy and enjoy your life because "Yes You Can" have the life you want.

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