My aquatic therapist gave me research & hope instead of pills

Today was an amazing aquatic therapy session! Caveat, I can barely walk because my legs feel like jello but as of now its a “good” pain 🙂

Every time I go to aquatic I have a different therapist who is up to date on my history and works with me from a different specialty and perspective. Today I had a great therapist that specializes in chronic pain.

I was explaining to her that I am now maxed out on all of my medication and while yes, I can move, no they don’t actually take away much of my pain. I said that unlike something like arthritis where you can take a pill and feel better, Fibro doesn’t have anything like that. There is no cure.

She looked at me as we were swimming and said Kelsey, you don’t have to live in pain. You can work to cure your chronic pain. I looked at her like she was just told me I have wings and can fly. No one in the medical field has ever told me that I can cure my chronic pain. They give pills, they give shots, injections and surgeries, they do tests and tests…and never have results. I’ve never been given the hope that there is something I can do on my own to ease my pain.

She went on to explain that the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (where I currently go for all of my physical therapies and pain management) compiled 16 years of research they have gathered from chronic pain  patients and established a step system to essentially re-wire how the brain interprets inputs and sensors.

Where my body currently inputs every sensor as pain, there are ways to re-work how my brain reacts to that input. I have no idea what this all entails yet, but she is getting me set up with a new pain management program and highly recommended that I read the book “A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain” by Melissa C. Kolski. 

A quick blurb about the book:

World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain is the new “best practice” for treating musculoskeletal pain; presented in a way that’s comprehensive, accessible, and gets results. The product of 16 years of research and clinical observation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, this book improves results through precise identification of the predominant pain mechanism, and then focusing on education and active care necessary to curing musculoskeletal pain. Patient education materials, case study examples, summary charts, and clear classification guidelines are included.

  • Chapter 1 Musculoskeletal Pain: The Big Picture
  • Chapter 2 Overview of the Pain Mechanism Classification System and Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Chapter 3 Subjective Evaluation
  • Chapter 4 Nociceptive Pain Mechanisms: Inflammation and Ischemia
  • Chapter 5 Peripheral Neurogenic Pain Mechanism
  • Chapter 6 Central Sensitization Pain Mechanism
  • Chapter 7 Affective Pain Mechanism
  • Chapter 8 Motor/Autonomic Pain Mechanism


I have no clue what this all will lead to, and my therapist let me know its not going to be an easy road, but I am excited as hell that there is new hope. AND ITS NOT PILLS!!!

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