9 Ways To Help With Pain Management
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Whether you’re living with a chronic illness or you have suffered an injury, one of the hardest things to do is manage the pain that you may be going through. There are only a handful of things that you to help subdue pain, so it’s important you are familiar which each and every one of them. Whether it’s speaking to a professional or taking medication to help alleviate the pain, knowing how to help yourself will do the world of good. With that in mind, here are 9 ways to help with pain management:
Learn deep breathing exercises or meditation to help you relax
A great way to help take your mind off the pain you may be experiencing is practice deep breathing exercises or meditation. Whilst they won’t get rid of the pain entirely. It’s a great way to help you feel calmer and much more relaxed. The best thing to do if you’re thinking of trying meditation is to try and watch a couple of YouTube videos that show you the best techniques. Once you have done this, you will be able to do an unguided meditation on your own. For meditation videos and tutorials, you can visit this site here.
Take the necessary pain killers if you are really suffering
If you are really suffering from the pain and you think you need to take something, taking your pain killers should never be a bad thing. Whilst a lot of people will put a negative spin on taking medication for pain, it’s one of the best ways to dull the pain that you are feeling. Make sure you are researching which medication is best for you and ensure that you are sticking to the recommended doses, no matter how much pain you are in.
Ensure you are getting as much rest as you possibly can
If you’re in pain it’s important you are getting as much rest as you possibly can. Whilst you may not want to rest, ensuring you are giving your injury time to heal is important. If you have a chronic illness, resting whenever you can help you feel a little more comfortable and pain-free. Whilst it doesn’t mean spending every single hour at home in bed, it does mean that you know your limits and stopping if you are feeling as though you’re in too much pain.
To rest, ensure that you are trying to stay seated for as long as possible. Although it may be boring, you can use it as a chance to catch up on TVs shows or movies. For more inspiration for things to do if you’re on bed-rest, you can visit this site here.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you are suffering and you think you need help, try not to be afraid to ask for it. Whilst you may feel as though you’re being a burden, absolutely nobody will be thinking that when you ask them to help with something. Whether it’s going to the store to pick up some dinner or help you walk up the stairs, nobody will begrudge you a helping hand in your time of need. If you have a supportive family around you, make sure they are aware of your limits and when they may need to help you. If you don’t want to ask, you may find that they start helping you naturally after a short while.
Speak to a doctor for a professional opinion
If you haven’t already spoken to a doctor or if you feel you need to go back, booking an appointment is a great idea. Not only will they be able to advise you of the best possible things to do to help with your pain, but they will be able to let you know whether or not you are making any progress. They’ll probably ask you a number of questions to see how you’re feeling, and test whether or not you are better since your last visit. If you feel you are not getting anywhere with your doctor, remember you’re always allowed to ask to see someone else.
Consider all of the different treatments available
When it comes to the types of treatments you can have when living with chronic pain or an injury, there are a variety of different options available to you. First and foremost you will be offered pain relief and physiotherapy, but if you find that isn’t working you may be able to opt for something like an intercostal nerve block. Whilst it may be a little more expensive than the treatment you are receiving now, sometimes it is worth the extra cost to help you feel that little bit better. If you are unsure on the treatments that may be available to you, the best thing to do is to use Google to do your research. Look at the symptoms that you are feeling and look into what other people may have done to help subside the pain. If you want extra support, it may be worth asking other people what they have done when they’re in the same position as you.
Join a support group for extra help
Although you may not want to think of anyone else feeling the same pain that you do, you may find that there are a lot of people with a similar condition to you. If that’s the case, joining a support group is a great way to pick up tips and tricks that you may not have thought of before. Whether it’s something to help with or an interesting study on your condition, you will find that you can learn a lot from support groups.
Track your pain levels and activity in a journal each day
If you are feeling worried about the amount of pain you are experiencing, using a journal to track your pain levels alongside your activity levels is a great way to see i there is any correlation. If you haven’t already thought about it, this will likely show whether or not there are certain things you need to avoid.
Consider a massage for temporary chronic pain relief
Finally, although it won’t make your pain go away permanently, it will help with the pain you are feeling for a short while. Having a massage is a great way to treat yourself, as well as get rid of some built up tension you may be experiencing.
Do you live with chronic pain or have you suffered an injury? What can you do to help manage the pain? Let me know in the comments section below.