5 Tips for Chronic Pain Management

By on June 29, 2020
Chronic Pain

After a while, chronic pain becomes your new normal. When you say you feel okay, you’re in agony, but it’s manageable agony. A flare-up is when things get really bad, to the point it felt like it felt when you first began dealing with the pain as a woman over 50.

Even a moderate amount of pain can disrupt a person’s entire life, so a newer sufferer of chronic pain’s quality of life will be significantly changed. Thankfully, there are a few ways to get used to your new normal and bring your pain down to a manageable level. Some days, the pain may feel like it’s gone. Use these tips and tricks to help you get there.

  1. Use a Compounding Pharmacy

A compounding pharmacy gives you the options you desire to treat your chronic pain. You see, sometimes your pain will have more than one cause, and treating just one isn’t enough. The compounding pharmacy will work with you and your doctor to come up with a customized treatment plan and show you all the options available. They’ll attempt this regardless of the formulation you need.

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They may also try and keep side effects to a minimum by suggesting alternative ways to take your medications. Some of these options include trigger point application and transdermal therapy.

At the end of the day, a compounding pharmacy will be more helpful than a basic pharmacy supplying the usual prescription meds from your doctor who isn’t thinking outside of the box.

  1. Be Wary of Your Weight

If you have joint pain, it’s especially important to watch your weight. The heavier you are, the more pressure there is on your joints. This just makes the pain and strain worse. Fat also sends out signals that can make your problem areas even more inflamed, and the inflammation can agitate the pain.

Besides, bringing down your weight can increase your overall health and well-being. Being overweight puts you more at risk for heart disease and diabetes, and you may even be more inclined to get certain cancers more easily.

You don’t have to make a drastic lifestyle change to start losing weight. Nobody’s saying you have to cut carbs or do some crazy diet to improve your life —not unless you want to.

To get started, cut out sugary drinks and processed foods and see how much weight you lose over a few months. Also, look into eating more vegetables, fruit, protein, and grains if you’d like to make more of an effort. They’re good for your health in general.

  1. Exercise

Not only does exercise help keep your weight in check, but gentle exercise can increase your strength, flexibility and balance. Cardio is also good for your heart, as the name might suggest.

Exercise can help you sleep better and give you more energy. And the tougher you are, the better you’ll be able to handle any lingering pain.

Some activities you could try include:

  • Yoga
  • Water aerobics
  • Cycling on a stationary or a real bike

And if you’re completely new to working out, consult your doctor or ask a trainer to help out. You don’t want to do something that could irritate your condition.

  1. Be Happy

Being happy is easier said than done, but a positive outlook can help you cope with pain. Don’t just give in to your pain, show it who’s boss.

Find a hobby that brings you joy but work within your limits. Don’t take up sewing or knitting if you have arthritis in your hands. Painting might be a less fiddly, less pain-inducing hobby for you. Paint the things you love to bring yourself, and others, joy.

For back pain, consider something you can do sitting down. Reading, writing, or crafting might be good for you. Remember to take lots of breaks and create and consume things that make you smile.

  1. Sleep More

Have you ever woken up after insufficient sleep and found your pain and mentality worse than before you went to bed? The clue is in the scenario: not enough sleep.

Sleeping less than usual can have obvious negative impacts on your life and your pain. But if you’re not doing anything different and are still irritable and painful, the problem isn’t always obvious. The problem might be that you haven’t been getting enough sleep to begin with.

To help, try going to bed an hour earlier, eliminating screens from the bedroom, and regulating the temperature of your room. These things can get you longer, uninterrupted, better sleep. Plus, your body repairs itself when you sleep.

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5 Tips for Chronic Pain Management