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29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains

Self-Care Tips from Chronic Pain Sufferers That Really Work

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  • PICNURSE
    I found stretching on my big ball often relieves pressure/pain in my low back. When pain becomes overwhelming I turn up music a bit at a time until it interferes with my pain perception. (It distracts my brain from registering pain) Thankfully my husband is deaf and is not bothered by noise! - 4/21/2015 4:53:43 PM
  • I'm still experimenting and finding supplements and different things to help, and all the tips in this article are super! I have noticed that I have more energy since I started walking every day. I do 2 10 or 15 min. walks each day, and I'm slowing building up to a longer walking time and shorter minutes/mile time.

    I take Tart Cherry and Turmeric capsules (I get them through Puritan's Pride) for inflammation, Calcium and fish oil supplements for neuropathy and I use several Nikken magnetic products too. I always have a pair of magnetic insoles in my shoes, and I use the battery operated hand-held palm mag for localized relief.

    Ice always helps, of course, and sometimes at night I heat up the "rice bag" and put that on my knee.

    I need to do more stretching, so I plan on using my Stretch Out Strap I used in PT after meniscus surgery. I don't know why, but the knee I had repaired hurts a lot (my left knee) and my right knee, with an un-repaired meniscus tear doesn't bother me at all. The Ortho Doc even did micro abriasion on the left knee, but it gives me fits!
    - 4/21/2015 12:24:19 PM
  • I bought an OTC TENS unit, and it did help my lumbar/sciatic pain. I also found that ice packs helped. I pretty much had the TENS and the ice on the affected area most of the day. I did six weeks of PT, which also helped, but didn't eliminate it.
    It was pretty excruciating - I didn't get total relief until I had two epidurals. - 4/21/2015 9:31:06 AM
  • i like to sometimes use my thumb or fingers to work away at the offending spot (I wish I could recall what the physiotherapist called this). - 11/19/2014 8:30:58 PM
  • SUZYQQUICK
    I am totally sold on the exercise comment. I try to move as much as i can, love the hottub and the pool and also find yoga and progressive muscle relaxation, to be really helpful. I also took a pain management course where i could talk to others who have permanent chronic pain. It has been two years since a was run into by an inattentive driver and i am just now starting to reconcile emotionally that this is my life and i need to enjoy it and be happy. - 11/17/2014 8:06:13 PM
  • SUZYQQUICK
    I am totally sold on the exercise comment. I try to move as much as i can, love the hottub and the pool and also find yoga and progressive muscle relaxation, to be really helpful. I also took a pain management course where i could talk to others who have permanent chronic pain. It has been two years since a was run into by an inattentive driver and i am just now starting to reconcile emotionally that this is my life and i need to enjoy it and be happy. - 11/17/2014 8:06:13 PM
  • MTRANCHWOMAN
    I wash dishes in the morning in hot water to relieve the arthritic pain in my hands. Works every time. - 11/16/2014 12:06:00 PM
  • ABERDEEN103
    Cold weather (and the possibility of falling on ice) can be dangerous. It does not help joint/arthritic pain. Have lived in the South now (FL) for 12 years and upstate New York for too many years, I think hot weather is easier on the joints. Oh yes, it is hot and humid in summer, but for me personally, it is better to go out in shorts and T-shirt in our 'lousy' season instead of hat, gloves, scarf, boots in the other lousy season. - 11/16/2014 7:56:31 AM
  • I exercise every single day doing a number of stretching moves in order to ease back pains due to sciatica. Just 6 to 7 minutes religiously every morning, and I'm pain-free for the day! - 8/7/2014 3:24:26 AM
  • I think it depends on the type of pain you are walking around with. I have arthritis which can have good and bad days. The thing that has really helped me is when I do my PT on a regular basis and seeing my massage therapist at least once a week. - 8/5/2014 3:09:03 AM
  • LIBERTEABELLE
    One more comment -
    I am an overweight person, so I should be able to say this with minimal offense. A major contributor to pain is carrying too much weight for your frame. It puts additional stress where it wasn' t meant to be. So, weight loss could definitely help pain management. Sadly, if you go to a doctor, that is often the ONLY thing they focus on and a number of other options could also be contributors. But don't overlook this one.

    Okay, one MORE comment, lol.

    Are your legs the same length? If they aren't the same length, every step you take contributes to possible back pain. Measure their length with a measuring tape from your belly button - or better yet, have somebody professional measure it for you. Even 1/4" can make a difference, and you can do a simple remedy of wearing an insert in your shoe to create balance. - 8/4/2014 2:46:09 PM
  • LIBERTEABELLE
    I've had serious ankle pain for 10 years (5 surgeries, most recently a complete ankle replacement). For people with pain from walking on an injury, most people will tell you to stay off of it. Well, you can't do that for 10 years. My advice is to baby it when you must, but for the most part, get on with life and do whatever is normal as much as possible. If you sit and focus on the pain, the pain is worse. If you get up and get on with it, your mind doesn't think about the pain - and it may as well not be hurting at all. Of course, that has to be balanced with not overdoing it.

    My other big tip - and I discuss this often with family - is to address your sleeping position. Sure, a good mattress is important. But so is the way you position yourself. If you sleep on your side and throw one leg over, your hips are out of alignment with your back and voila you wake with back pain. If your shoulders are hurting, that could be from pain radiating from the neck, so you need to provide proper neck support with your pillow. I find that a VERY thick heavy king sized pillow is wonderful along your back (much like the back of a couch) and another one is good as an arm support to assure your shoulder is not being slumped forward and causing pain. - 8/4/2014 2:41:03 PM
  • Thankfully, Essential Oils and herbal remedies work as well! - 8/3/2014 9:38:45 PM
  • Homeopathy does not work. It is diluted to such a degree that there isn't any of the ingredient left. It's basically water. - 8/3/2014 10:58:46 AM
  • There is so much good information here. Thanks to everyone. - 8/3/2014 5:43:42 AM

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