COPING WITH PAIN EFFECTIVELY
June 24, 2017 3:52pm CST
Pain can affect each person differently. Pain cannot be measured by any medical instrument; hence the doctors have to mainly rely on the patient’s own description of pain like on a scale of 0 to 10. Pain generally limits a person’s ability to pursue one’s ability to work and limit one’s daily activities. Frequent bouts of pain over a period of time, can make a person less active, productive and sociable. Here are some specific ways to cope with pain: • Make every effort to divert your attention to something interesting and enjoyable like watching your favorite serial or reading a novel or chatting with your friend. Doing so, could take your mind off the pain and discomfort. • Breathe Deeply. Stop what you’re doing. Pause, relax, and breathe deeply and slowly. After a few minutes of using this simple deep breathing technique, you may feel some of the discomfort and tension melting away. • Move about as much as you can. Better still, take a walk outdoors to release endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers. Avoid the temptation of lying around and pampering yourself. • It would be helpful to get a good night sleep. So cultivate a regular bedtime and wake time schedules. • Monitor the foods you take to find out which ones trigger attacks like in the case of migraines. Write down which foods tend to cause these attacks. Cut these specific foods down [maybe sugary stuff] and check if your condition improves. There is no magic formula for coping with pain. However, keeping a pleasant frame of mind, drinking plenty of liquids and lazing in the sunshine for a while, can additionally help you to cope with pain. IMAGE: Courtesy of Pixabay
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@Gabugs NO, I am not someone who complain a lot, but when I had kidney stones I had to be rushed to the ER. When I had severe migraines, I remember that the only way to feel a little better was to lay down on the bed in complete darkness and with no noises.
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• Green Bay, Wisconsin
That's great advice. I know I need to get up and walk around often or I get very stiff with my knees, which are the major source of my pain. I do get headaches/migraines. I've been trying to determine what causes them and when I think I've got it figured out, it's not the trigger.
• United States
Well, many times since this Surgery a month ago, the Pain level has it's good days and its bad days. I can relate with the 1-10 scale. Today actually is one of my better days. But since I also have Fibromyalga it is interesting trying to figure our depending on the weather etc what my day might actually end up being like.