Currently my life is a whole world of pain. I’m popping pills left, right and centre but they don’t seem to really be doing anything. I’m an undiagnosed case with a million and one symptoms. I literally feel like I should be 85, not 25. I recently had a stint of severe pain that left me unable to even wash myself. I thought I would write up a list of the things that normally really help me when I am dealing with pain.
A wheat bag has literally saved my life in the past. If you haven’t seen them before then click here. It’s basically a bag filled with wheat that you heat up in the microwave and apply to the area of pain. Quick and easy to use and helps tense muscles relax. I also find that it helps me fall asleep easier when I’m in a lot of pain.
Sleep / Rest
If you are able to, going back to bed or having a lie down is really beneficial (for me). Sometimes I’m in so much pain I literally cannot do anything. Going back for a lie down and trying to drift off to sleep lets my body relax and I wake up feeling a bit better. In saying this though some conditions are not helped by lying in bed for too long so make sure you speak to a GP about your condition first.
A Hot Bath
A good hot bath is good to help relax and release tension. Although sometimes I do find it difficult to get myself out of bed to actually go in the bath. I normally need to be having a fairly good day to be able to go in the bath.
This is something I do not do enough but I really do feel the difference when I’ve eaten some fruit and vegetables and had a good balanced meal. Like they say ‘You are what you eat’ If you are eating well you should feel better for it. (I seriously need to take my own advice on this one.)
Taking prescribed medication and pain killers can often take the edge off the pain but unfortunately it is not a cure. I always make sure I have eaten something before taking any medication as otherwise I feel really sick and often feel worse.
I find if I can distract myself from the pain I am in it can ease slightly. I try and get involved in a television programme or a film to take my mind away from the pain. Dependant on how much pain I am in this does not always work.
*These are just some things that work for me personally. If you are suffering with Chronic Pain that has lasted for a while then always seek medical attention.
Is anyone else currently dealing with long term pain? What works best for you?