COPING WITH PAIN EFFECTIVELY

@Gabugs (1747)
United States
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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@LadyDuck (188337)
• Switzerland
25 Jun 17
No, there is no magic formula and it depends which kind of pain. You can do nothing for kidney pain, you must to go to the ER, it is unbearable.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
25 Jun 17
@LadyDuck Of course, I do understand that sometimes, it can be unbearable. But perhaps, if we take proper care and precautionary measures, it could be evaded. Don't you think so?
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@LadyDuck (188337)
• Switzerland
26 Jun 17
@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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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
27 Jun 17
@LadyDuck So very sorry to hear this.
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@DianneN (91947)
• United States
27 Jun 17
How right you are! Your advice is very wise. Of course, it all depends on the type of pain and its cause.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
27 Jun 17
Thank you for your kind words @DianneN Indeed, if its' chronic pain, it has got to be dealt with by a medical doctor.
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@DianneN (91947)
• United States
27 Jun 17
@Gabugs You're welcome. Pain hurts! lol
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@PatZAnthony (13262)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
26 Jun 17
While some think they must live in pain, as you have mentioned here, there are various ways to help eliminate the causes.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
26 Jun 17
In my opinion, I wonder why anybody would want to live in pain @PatZAnthony How can anyone function then?
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@PatZAnthony (13262)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
6 Jul 17
@Gabugs Sad to say, we know and are related to several who do live with pain and continue as if they are fine. When considering the options, and there really aren't many, they deal with it as they can.
• Philippines
28 Jun 17
Ant bites is also painful. But the one thing painful that really kept me doing this to distract myself while having a toothache.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
30 Jun 17
You are absolutely right. Distraction from the pain could be an effective solution.
@just4him (132516)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Jun 17
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.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
26 Jun 17
@just4him I'm so sorry for the pain you have been suffering. Have you tried getting outdoors for a few minutes and breathing deeply??
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@just4him (132516)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Jun 17
@Gabugs I have to admit, not often.
@mandala100 (53670)
• Hong Kong
25 Jun 17
Thank you for this very interesting discussion.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
25 Jun 17
You are so very welcome @mandala100 Hope you will never have the occasion to use these tips.
@mandala100 (53670)
• Hong Kong
30 Jun 17
@Gabugs Thank you anyway and see you later.
• Pakistan
29 Sep 17
How about some good massage with olive oil, especially by someone who is your beloved... this can actually help.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
29 Sep 17
That's a good suggestion. Thanks!
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
26 Jun 17
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.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
27 Jun 17
I'm so very sorry to hear about your pain and your medical issues @KrauseHome I suppose there are no short-cuts in life. I hope and pray that you will continue to have better days from henceforth. You are right; weather does make a difference
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 17
A TENS machine helps big time. Mine has broken, so I'm about to get a new one. Cuts down on the amount of pain killers needed.
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@responsiveme (18174)
• India
2 Jul
This gives plenty of good tips.I do breathe deeply
• Edgewood, Maryland
22 Nov 17
pain can make you or break you and yeah it really changes your life