Living with pain is most uncomfortable; but, the best way to eliminate pain is to exercise. The trouble is who wants to exercise when they are hurting so badly? Unfortunately, what happens when you don’t exercise is that you lose muscle mass and you lose muscle strength. In many cases this loss is actually what is contributing to your pain.
Please note that the information you read here does not replace advice from your doctor; it does provide a good guideline for general pain management.
When we exercise we release a brain chemical responsible for mood and the ability to block some of the pain. However, you would need to ask your doctor if stretching exercises, yoga, strengthening exercises, or aerobics would be right for you,
Meditation and breathing exercises
One may not see how breathing deeply and meditation can ease pain but it does by relaxing the body and calming the mind. The body is a complex organism which works in unison with mind and body.
Though alcohol often brings on sleep, it is a light sleep for the most part and you never get to REM sleep. Rem sleep is important for a healthy body. When you awake without REM sleep your body may be crying out in pain for more sleep.
MedMD reports that, “Some people find temporary relief from stress and pain with a quick smoke. The irony is that smoking may actually contribute to pain in the long run. It slows healing, worsens circulation, and increases the risk of degenerative disc problems, a cause of low back pain. If you need an incentive to quit, pain relief just may be it. Ask your doctor about programs and medicines to kick the habit.”
Keep healthy and strong
Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and protein. A proper diet aids in leveling blood sugar levels, digestion, weight, and reduces the risk of such diseases as diabetes and heart disease.
A pain journal is an excellent way to keep track of your chronic pain and help the doctor understand what you are going through. You will need to have a daily journal where you will record your activities of the day and the time it took to complete these activities; then rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. That way you see what activities, length of time devoted to the activities and your perceived pain level at the end of the day.
Taking care of yourself
You don’t have to go to every event, do all the chores, or rush to help someone else. If you are in too much pain be good to yourself first; stay home and relax.
Focus on something else
If you just concentrate on your pain you will feel it more than if you distract yourself and put your mind on other things. In some cases you don’t feel the pain if your mind is engaged elsewhere.
You must be proactive, understand which medications will relieve pain and which ones may bring on pain. Be vigilant and report to your doctor with your evaluation and experience with the medications you are taking.