Chronic pain is something that millions of people all over the world are dealing with on a regular basis. Because of that, it’s important that we know how to deal with chronic pain in a healthy and safe manner.
Many people will tell you that there are two places where we deal with our chronic pain most effectively, and if we fight it on both fronts, we will be more likely to cope with it in a healthy manner and without turning to methods that may cause us to have other health problems.
Fighting Chronic Pain with the Mind
First, let’s look at how we can fight chronic pain with the mind. There are a number of different techniques that we can use in order to help our minds stay healthy and strong, even if we are dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis and it causes us to struggle regularly. Let’s look at a few different ways that you can use your mind to help fight the battle with chronic pain that you’re dealing with.
Relaxing is an important part of dealing with your chronic pain. Whether you learn how to meditate or you do other things in order to make sure that you’re relaxing on a regular basis, those things are important for you to feel comfortable with your body.
Focus on your breathing, repeat a word or phrase, and clear your mind from anxiety. This can help relieve the tension in your body and mind, which in turn will make it so that your body doesn’t feel as stressed or strained, which in turn makes it so that your body isn’t in as much pain.
Another thing that you can do with your mind is reduce the amount of stress that you are fighting. Many people are incredibly stressed out, and that just makes the struggle with chronic pain that much worse for them to deal with.
If you can eliminate people or things that are making your life more stressful than it needs to be, it can end up helping to reduce the physical stress that you are going through too. And, this is another place where those relaxation techniques that we just talked about can really help you out.
Last but not least is looking for help. Whether you join a group of people who understand the struggles that you’re dealing with as a result of your chronic pain, or you end up starting psychotherapy of some sort, you will find that life is a little easier to deal with alongside other people.
Your friends and family should also help support you with the pain that you’re dealing with, because that will help relieve your stress and you will feel much less alone. Chronic pain shouldn’t seclude you – instead, allow it to help you become part of a community.
Relieving Chronic Pain from the Physical End
Of course, as you likely know, chronic pain isn’t all a mental thing – if it was, it would be a lot easier for us to treat. That being said, it’s important for us to look at some things we can do with our physical health in order to help reduce the severity or the frustration that is related to dealing with chronic pain.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common relief techniques that we can use in order to make chronic pain a little better to deal with on a daily basis.
Exercising is about the most important thing you can do if you are struggling with chronic pain. Exercise creates endorphins, which helps our body to fight and resist the pain that we may be feeling. It also helps to stretch out tense muscle and gets us outside, which is always a good thing.
Many people with chronic pain may struggle with exercising, but even if you’re just getting outside for 10 minutes a day, you will find that your pain is lessened and you have more energy to deal with the day to day.
Your diet is another part that may end up playing a role in reducing or increasing the pain that you are feeling. Since many people with chronic pain will avoid moving because of the pain it causes them, they also may end up struggling with their weight, which makes the pain worse.
Not only that, but if your blood sugar levels are not where they should be, or you are ingesting too much salt, you may also notice that your pain is worse than it was at other times. Eat a low sodium, low fat, low sugar diet to help stave off some of those chronic pain symptoms.
Last but not least, consider getting a massage and/or working with a chiropractor. Both of these can help you to limber out, to reduce pain in certain parts of your body, and to help you feel a lot more relaxed as well, which we talked about in the previous section.
Many people with chronic pain will find that their appointments make them feel a lot better, and will make sure to make regular appointments because of that. If you have chronic pain, you can talk to your health insurance provider about how you can afford to pay for these appointments, or if they can get covered by your plan in some way.
So, as you can see, there are a lot of ways that you can deal with the pain and frustration that are related to living with chronic pain. If you go about it from every front that you possibly can, you may not be able to totally eliminate it, but you will be able to reduce the pain so that you can do other things in your life without as much pain or discouragement.
Before you try any treatment plan, you will want to make sure that you are talking to your doctor and keeping communication open. They can help you and also give you suggestions that may be able to help you along the way as well.