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How Singing In A Choir Helps My Chronic Pain

Tuesday 21 January 2020

 

From The Mighty (via Yahoo! Lifestyle):

 

Choir singers holding music
Choir singers holding music.
 

How Singing in a Choir Helps My Chronic Pain

By Kira McCarthy
The Mighty
January 18, 2020
© 2020 The Mighty and Yahoo! Lifestyle.

I have fibromyalgia, endometriosis, myalgic encephalomyelitis, generalized anxiety disorder and an endocrine disorder. I am sore, tired and anxious for many days at a time. I also sing in a choir. According to Charlotte Price Persson, “It may be that enjoyable music can trigger the release of opioids in the brain. Opioids are the body’s own ‘morphine’, which may explain why music can reduce the feeling of pain and the reduced need for pain medication.”

If listening to music can relieve pain, then what might singing do?

I have discovered how to truly benefit from singing in a choir. First there are the benefits of music as mentioned above. Second is the distraction. And third, I have learned that being in a group of people with a common goal can be a way to gain control over my life and over the way I view my body.

Singing in a choir has allowed me to be part of a community, to feel like I belong, and to channel my physical pain into learning and performing music. Being able to take a couple of hours out of my week to blend harmonies with others takes me away from my physical pain and into a place of creativity, beauty and connection. Chronic illness and chronic pain can be extremely isolating. Having a place to go every week where I know I will have fun, work hard and be removed from the physical pain keeps me going when flares are wearing me down.

 

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