Beat Chronic Pain With A Positive Attitude

Beat Chronic Pain With A Positive Attitude

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  • A positive attitude can beat chronic pain, according to Rhiannon Bannenberg, an inspirational filmmaker who has battled the condition since 13.
  • Many studies have found combining pain management therapies with a positive attitude could decrease physical pain symptoms.
  • The pain management specialists at American Spine provide ways to maintain a positive attitude while dealing with chronic pain.

Before diving into strategies that may help alleviate chronic pain symptoms, the team at American Spine wants to share the story of Rhiannon Bannenberg, a filmmaker who used certain coping strategies to effectively manage her pain. When Rhiannon was 13 years old, she fell off her horse and sustained significant damage to her spine. Although Rhiannon had fractured her spine, she was not subject to using a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

Nevertheless, she developed chronic back pain that would affect her every hour of every day. She describes the pain as a burning ache in the middle of her back that can make her feel nauseous at times. Although medications and pain treatments did help manage some of her symptoms, she knew she needed to change her mindset in order to live a productive, relatively pain-free life. Fast-forward a few years, her concentration and dedication to something she was passionate about allowed her to develop her first feature film.

Her film, Ambrosia is about chronic pain, and you can see the teaser to it here. Overall, Rhiannon credits her positive attitude as a way to get through dark times. With that, the team at American Spine is sharing coping strategies to effectively manage chronic pain.

  1. Take time to appreciate the little things in life. Although it can be hard to think of your small accomplishments as actual accomplishments, it’s important you take a moment to appreciate the things you can do and reward yourself for them. Wake-up each morning and write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for! This will help keep things in perspective and allow you to appreciate the little things in life.
  2. Do something that makes you happy. Much like Rhiannon, it’s important you find something that makes you happy! It doesn’t have to be something big, just try to participate in an activity that brings you joy. Enrolling in an art class or organizing an event may keep your spirits up. Wherever your passions lie, try to incorporate these activities into your daily life.
  3. Remember others may have it worse. This may sound a little harsh, but part of being grateful for the things you have in life is remembering someone else may have it worse. Be humble and grateful for the people that surround you and make your life brighter!


At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.