Since I was about 15/16 years of age I have suffered with chronic back and neck pain. There isn’t a day that I’m not in some sort of pain or discomfort and have been pretty much ignored by medics and have been left untreated. I’ve had to come up with my own coping mechanisms as I try not to rely on medication too heavily. Here are a few of my own personal ways of coping with joint pain.
On some of my worse days I do take paracetamol but I really try not to take this too often. I normally leave medication as my last resort.
My boyfriend’s mother gave me a wheat bag when she heard about the pain I was in and they really do work for me. A wheat bag essentially does the job of a hot water bottle but all they need is 2 minutes in the microwave and the heat lasts for quite a while afterwards. If you have a desk job these are really great as it’s something you could easily take to work with you. I often find my pain is worse towards the end of the day and I often take a wheat bag to bed with me.
Adjustable Bed / Orthopaedic Mattress
I looked into Adjustable Beds and Orthopaedic Mattresses before buying my first home. Seeing as I spend half of my time in bed it seemed sensible to get something that was going to support my back and neck properly whilst I slept. I ended up ordering an Orthopaedic mattress, it wasn’t cheap but it was definitely worth the long term investment.
When my pain starts to really become unbearable and interferes with my day to day life I book an appointment to see the Osteopath. An Osteopath will stretch and massage your muscles and joints to treat and prevent any health problems. I’ve found this has been invaluable and provides me with pain relief for a considerable amount of time. This is one of the only things that has provided any long term pain relief.
Do you suffer with any chronic pain? What do you find works best for you in terms of pain relief?