To begin, some background.
I manage my pain condition with a combination of medications, exercises, relaxation techniques, prayer and pacing my life style. The doctors have tried to convince me that I can do away with two of the medications that I am taking if I increase the use of relaxation techniques "self-talk".
Some poeple think this is a load of rubbish. But then, some people think that my pain is a load of rubbish so whatever.
There is something to be said for positive self-talk. I have tried it and found it to be useful on some occasions. But...
It is very difficult to have a dialogue with oneself to quell the fears and pain when the fearful voices telling me about pain are louder and more articulate.