Pain


An issue I really struggle with is chronic knee pain. I am an athlete and have chronic knee pain that flares up from time to time. I have a lot of negative thoughts about this knee pain:
This is a problem and there is no solution.
This is going to limit me.
I’m causing harm to myself by continuing to work out when my knees hurt and I’m going to regret it later.

When the knee pain flares up I really feel like I am at an impasse. I feel deeply inside that I am meant to move and experience so much joy with moving my body. But when the knee pain flares I feel like I can’t do what I want to do. It often paralyzes me. I’ve done a ton of physical therapy, had MRIs, been to doctor etc, and what I really want to work on is my thoughts about the knee pain.

Here is an example of a model:

C: Knees hurt
T: Oh no, this is happening again. I can’t do the things I want to. There is no solution to this.
F: Despair
A: Feel paralyzed, don’t work out, obsess over it, look up things on the internet about new treatments, generally ruminate and spin
R: I don’t live the life I want to.

Can you help me get to a place where I see the knee pain as neutral? It holds so much power in my life and I don’t like that. Thank you.