Knee Pain & Feelings of Lack of Support in Life

Mind-Body Connection, Older Adults, Pain or Injuries

Factors such as gait, being overweight, aging, wear and tear, past injuries, inactive, wearing the wrong footwear/ high heels are obvious reasons for knee pain. When you go to a doctor with a knee pain complaint, he/she will commonly examine these symptoms.

These are physical and lifestyle symptoms related to getting knee pain. But can psychological and emotion conditions accelerate or make the condition more painful than it has to be? Let me share with you a real life example.

Back when I was in my early teens, my mom suffered mysterious bouts of knee pain. The pain would start from one knee and she will go for shortwave heat treatments. As pain gets better, the pain went to the other knee. The condition was so painful and it got so bad that she flinched whenever she had to climb a flight of stairs.

And then, the problem would just mysteriously disappeared- and then, she would start coughing- the 100 days cough. This pattern went on for about 2 years or more and then, disappeared as well.

Seeing her like that really worries and saddened me but she was (and still is) atough cookie- never complaining and she had a high tolerance towards pain.

Being a nurse, she accepted and attributed the pain as part of occupational hazard (standing all the time), being overweight (she was about 67 kg then) and that her age was nearing 50.

But it was until recently since my interest began in mind-body medicine that I was able to make a connection:

Our knees basically carry our body weight. To have conditions like painful knees, repetitive injuries on the same place could mean that we feel unsupported in life. That life is getting very tough and we find it painful to carry the weight and burden all alone. So the knees sort of ‘buckled’ and hence all sorts of knee conditions- creaking knees, inflamed, easily sprained, injured or painful.

Sometimes we are afraid of being vulnerable- and hide that fear and instead behave by bossing and nagging at others. For instance, we may pick and nag at our spouse and children, often for their own good. But instead, it causes our family to be annoyed and even start to avoid us. Or a lot of such encounters ended up becoming quarrels.

Learning to express ourselves with more tact and gentleness can really alter the way people react to us. But in order for us to be able to genuinely be gentle and kind to others, we must first be able to be gentle, loving and kind to ourselves. If we are able to do that, we would be amazed that a lot of pain and discomfort would mysteriously disappear or improve dramatically. The pain, after all is an external expression of the pained heart. Address the cause and the rest would take care of itself.

Related Posts

Knee pain- to go for knee surgery or not? Someone I know, who is obese had been suffering from knee pain lately. Usually she does not move around much and is quite sedentary. When she saw the specialist, she was told that her cartilage had dried out because there was no more synovial fluid. The suggested option was knee replacement surgery to be done on both knees. Initially the thou...
You Are How You Move by Ged Sumner Doing further research about chi kung/qi gong, I picked up a book by Ged Sumner, he taught that we can become healthy and fit- without the need to go into the gym. Written in a way that compels the reader to really give chi kung a try. Since the exercises are so simple- no equipment needed and be done anywhere, anytime. The website: http://natur...
Wrist Pain Could Be Due Shoulder Injury Once, I tried to be a hero and attempted to carry a heavy box containing lots of documents. The box was very heavy-  and at a sudden jerk movement, I lifted the box up- without following the normal precautions like bending my knees or lifting it gradually. Immediately, I felt a slight discomfort on my lower back. Oops, I could feel problems comi...
Hot water bottle to relief joint aches, cold and numbness This is a simple remedy that works and do you NOT require expensive equipments.  I have writen earlier on a lady who uses a hair dryer to relief her arthritic pain in her joints. Whenever you feel that your joints are feeling cold, numb, tired or in pain, a hot water bottle offers a good relief.  Else, some people like to keep one in the office ...
Detoxing the body and mind through fasting This month, many Muslims around the world would be fasting in conjuction of the month of Ramadhan. Early in the morning during 'sahur', they would eat something simple, and followed by fasting the entire day. No eating, smoking or drinking till about 7.30pm-- when they would then break fast. On normal days, most of us tend to eat non stop the en...
Spread the love

Leave a Comment

+ 5 = 7