Pain Management – How to Survive Living With Chronic Pain

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Pain is one way for the body to get our attention. It is like a wake up call from the grand reaper tapping you on the shoulder when you least expect it, but the fact is he has being tapping you on the shoulder for quite sometime, and you were busy looking left when he was standing on your right.

Now he is staring you right in the face and he keeps poking you with that machete causing you pain. Are you ready to make some changes?

I guess it is time to deal with him and learn how to take control of your pain by taking some positive action.

Survival Tips

Exercise on a Regular Basics

You don’t have to start training for a marathon but get up of the couch and do what you can. Trust me you will feel a million times better if you are stretching and moving your body in some way. Exercise can improve your overall health and fitness, as well as your arthritis or joint and muscle pain.

Give Yourself Plenty of Rest

Sleep this is the time when the body takes the opportunity to do some well needed repairs, so if you are not sleeping then figure out why. If you feel like you need more sleep but there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, then try to manage your time. You will be amazed at the free time you can create when you manage your time more creatively. If pain is preventing sleep then try some relaxation techniques before you go to bed.

Try Massage

What’s not to like about massage this is truly a gift to your self. You may try self massage or ask your doctor to recommend a trained expert in this area. Massage gives a wonderful feeling of relaxation to painful joints and muscles.

Try Relaxation Techniques

Learn how to relax. Most of us do not take enough time out to just breathe each day, pain effects most people emotionally and physically. Unfortunately one seems to feed of the other. Speaking of breathing this is one way to relax. When you take a deeper breath you bring more oxygen into the lungs creating more energy. Try to focus on each area of the body, one section at a time, while taking a breath relax the area you are focusing on.

Use Medication Wisely

It is easy for people who are suffering from chronic pain to over medicate when pain gets so unbearable nothing seems to offer relief. Remember the side effects from pain medication can be much worse than the pain itself.

Respect Your Joints to Prevent Further Injury

Get a clue if you keep using those joints the same way you did before they were inflamed then you are asking for trouble. Don’t try to do activities that will aggravate your pain further prolonging your recovery.

Get Advice From Professionals

Leave it to the experts to give you the best advice, be it emotional or physical. But at the end of the day trust your body because the body knows best, and where there is pain there is a problem. Do take the time to do your own research and find out what works for you and your well being.