Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:
BOTTOM LINE: Critical (but very difficult for some of us).
Letting go means allowing your worries, the past, or whatever keeps your mind and body ill-at-ease to no longer have a hold on you. It means accepting life, not holding grudges, forgiving, and moving on. However, “letting go” isn't always simple and not necessarily something you can just “do.” I wish it were so easy. Just saying the words “I let go” doesn't always do the trick. These words somehow must go deep into every cell of our bodies in order to be fully effective for some of us to heal. Many of the approaches I have listed under the Treatments tab help us achieve this ultimate goal of letting go (e.g., talk therapy, emotional freedom technique, eye movement desensitization reprocessing, taking meaningful action, therapeutic writing, meditation, support groups); however, there is no guarantee that one's body will respond to these either.
I believe “letting go” is critical and has helped me reduce many layers of pain. But it also is one of the most difficult aspects of healing for me, particularly when it comes to letting go of deeply held, highly engrained emotions. I've acknowledged my fear, anger, and frustration associated with surgery and living for years in chronic pain; but buried emotions, ones that were so devastating to my childhood mind that I had to keep them out of my conscious memory for decades, are harder to let go of. And while I feel I have intellectually let go of my past traumas, my body still seems to be holding on to physical pain. But I do believe it is possible for my body to finally let go. It will require re-programming my brain's neuropathways, which have been conditioned and patterned into subconscious automatic reactions as a result of trauma.
In my opinion, “letting go” is an overarching concept that can be applied with any other treatment approach. But unfortunately I don't have a prescription of exactly how to completely let go. Sometimes it just takes time. And there can be layers of letting go. The fact that I've let go of some of my past pain and healed enough to have even prepared this website is an amazing feat in itself (even if it has taken years to do). Thus I continue to have hope that I CAN get better—and so should anyone else out there with debilitating chronic myofascial pain—or any form of chronic pain.