"Historically, when someone experiences pain, we think that something is wrong and we need to find the source of the pain," says Rebecca Wells, MD, MPH, a neurologist who studies migraine pain and the efficacy of mind-body interventions for migraine treatment. When you stress about pain that you're experiencing, it can make the perception of your pain worse, says Elisha Goldstein, PhD, a psychologist and cofounder of The Center for Mindful Living. "Typically, what we do is start trying to wrestle with the pain, resist it, and push it away, because we hate it," Dr. Goldstein says.
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