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How to manage your chronic pain

Pain and Grief

If you’ve only recently been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, the shock and sadness can be difficult.

Some say the feelings one gets after a diagnosis are very similar to the stages of grief. It makes sense because a chronic pain diagnosis does represent a loss of your former, illness-free life.

But it doesn’t mean your life is over. There are ways to live with chronic pain without constant suffering.

Chronic pain covers many different types of ailments, including arthritis, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, injuries, or other types of painful conditions. Ways to treat it are as diverse as the types of conditions that cause it, so communication with your doctor is essential to your ability to manage it.

Outside of medications, there are a number of natural ways to mitigate pain including holistic therapies, diet, and exercise.

Wholistic Medicine

Chiropractic, acupuncture, and Gua Sha have been used for centuries to alleviate aches and pains. Each has been proven effective against headaches, back pain, fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions.

Likewise, meditation and guided imagery may be used to induce a state of relaxation, which can make you more emotionally able to handle discomfort and deal with symptoms.

Prevention touts the benefits of herbal remedies, including fish oil and turmeric, to reduce pain-enhancing systemic inflammation. Chiropractic care, a form of non-invasive treatment that focuses on spinal alignment, can also greatly relieve pain from head to toe.

Harvard University reports that chiropractic care may also include ergonomic training and nutrition counselling to promote whole health as a means to effectively relieve pain and help patients learn to manage their condition at home without drugs.

Cleanliness is next to… healthiness?

It might seem like a small thing, but a calm, healthy home can help ease your pain as well. Keeping your home decluttered will make you feel more mentally relaxed, which will help your overall wellness. Having less stuff in your home means less maintenance.

Every item on a shelf becomes something to dust, move, or stress about. Decluttering may be difficult to do when you’re in pain, but if you tackle the project a little at a time, you can get through it and eventually have a calm, peaceful living space.

Consider rearranging your closets so that they are better organized because it will make finding things in them easier. Create a meditation spot, too. Find a peaceful corner of your home and fill it with calming candles and a meditation pillow. Mindfulness meditation is a great way to calm your mind and ease pain, and some doctors and hospitals even prescribe it for chronic pain patients.

Relax

While a calm and relaxing home environment is important, you also have to keep moving as much as you can. When you’re in pain, exercise can seem like a daunting task, but it really does help you feel better. Don’t overdo it but follow your doctor’s advice, even if you have to start small.

Moving even a little bit can help you manage the pain. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, which relieve pain and boost your mood. Plus, it can help you live a longer, healthier life by making your heart stronger and lowering blood pressure and blood sugar.

If your doctor recommends physical therapy, make sure to follow your PT’s recommendations because they can help.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a condition that causes chronic pain, don’t give up. There are plenty of ways you can manage your symptoms including decluttering your home and chiropractic care.

It may be a struggle at first, but you can still live a happy and fulfilling life despite your diagnosis.

 

-Jackie Waters

more decluttering info @ hyper-tidy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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