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August 25, 2014

Life's Hard Enough As It Is...

It's if you insist on whining and blaming others for your plight, it's even harder:

For the new study, a group of 116 men and women with severe osteoarthritis, between ages 50 and 85 years old and scheduled for knee replacement surgery in Canada, first filled out questionnaires assessing perceived injustice, how much they think about or worry about pain and their fear of movement or re-injury.

They rated their agreement with statements like, “It all seems so unfair” and “I am suffering because of someone else’s negligence.”

With another clinical questionnaire the patients gauged their pain levels and physical functioning.

After the knee replacement surgeries, which were all deemed successful, the patients rated their pain and function again at a one-year checkup.

The more a patient agreed before surgery that life seems unfair and others are to blame for their problems, the more pain they reported experiencing one year after surgery. That was true even when age, sex, other health conditions and pre-surgery pain levels were accounted for, according to the results in the journal Pain.

...“All of these psychological factors point to the fact that patients who perceive themselves as helpless, those who are afraid, those who feel loss of control, have a more difficult time,” Brander said.

“The contrary is also true - patients who exhibit high levels of ‘self-efficacy’ (that is, patients who have a high degree of confidence in their own ability to achieve a goal) appear to do best after knee replacement,” she said.

Hmmm.... there's a metaphor in there somewhere:


Posted by Cassandra at August 25, 2014 07:36 AM

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Bookwormroom has a good visual for the title of this post.

Posted by: DL Sly at August 25, 2014 12:52 PM

90% of success is showing up on time in the right place in the correct uniform w at least some preparation.
More than 50% of everything else is determined by attitude.

Happiness is a decision made daily.
Most people wind up as happy as they choose to be.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at August 25, 2014 01:08 PM

Many military wives will use the phrase "Better or bitter - choose your vowel."
Essentially the same thing.

Posted by: DL Sly at August 25, 2014 01:29 PM

You are as happy as you want to be. I'm not sure that's a desire; if it is, it's one I don't want to let go of.

Posted by: htom at August 26, 2014 10:29 AM