How to Cope with Chronic Pain
How to make life a little easier when you deal with chronic pain
How To Cope With Chronic Pain
There’s nothing funny, witty or clever that can be said about chronic pain. And for the lucky few that don’t have to deal with it on a daily basis, it can be hard to understand.
But for those of us who have to cope with the agony every single day, it’s very easy to understand. It hurts like hell and all we want is a way to make it stop.
I am not a doctor and if you’re in pain every day, then you need to talk to a doctor about it. There could be an underlying condition that needs attention and there could also potentially be a way to end your pain once and for all.
Talk To Your Doctor
I know I already said it but I can’t stress it enough. I know if you’re in a place where you have to pay then it’s going to cost you. But if it’s making your life unbearable, then it’s going to be worth it.
We all do it, and yes, you do know your body better than a doctor, but you don’t know medicine better than they do. And as much research as you do, you could be way off the mark on what you think it is. And you could potentially miss something serious or worry yourself for no reason.
Take Your Medication
If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like to take pills, you have a choice. You can leave the pill and be in pain or you can take the pill and not be in pain (or be in less pain).
Lose Weight (if you need to)
If you were told to lose weight by your doctor, they didn’t say it for no reason. Excess weight on your body takes its toll. It makes your muscles work harder than they need to and puts unnecessary stress on your joints. I had chronic, intense back pain for months after a hysterectomy, but after losing 24 lbs, it’s already much less painful.
This is only if you need to, if you’re a healthy weight then weight loss probably won’t help. It can be hard to lose weight when you’re in intense pain. You can’t do any vigorous exercises because you’re in too much pain. Start small, do whatever you can do without hurting yourself.
Try Not To Use Alcohol As A Painkiller
Again, something we have all been guilty of, but it’s just not a good idea. You might think you’re in control of it, but believe me, it can quickly spiral out of control. And if you’re on a lot of pain medication anyway, your insides are going to be ruined.
Seek Specialist Advice
Once again, if you have to pay, it’s going to be expensive. But if your pain is ruining your life, you need to figure out whether the money you will need to spend will be worth it.
If your lower back is a source of pain for you, I highly recommend using one of those belts that are meant for your abs on it. Use it backwards, start with a low intensity and build up. You will be surprised about how nice it feels.
And if your chronic pain is somewhere you can’t put an ab belt, try getting a regular massage. Either ask your partner to give you one or pay a professional to do it. It will relax your muscles and your mind too.
As I stated before, I’m not a doctor and whatever I said here doesn’t replace the advice of a medical professional.