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29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains

Self-Care Tips from Chronic Pain Sufferers That Really Work


    i have several health issues. Fibromyalgia, sinus troubles & knee pain are the ones that give me the most problems. i recently went to a Psychiatrist for depression who could not help me because i'm already maxed out on medications. the best thing that he did for me was to refer me to a Psychotherapist who is also a licensed Hypnotherapist. yes, she hypnotizes me. and i'm able to do it to myself at home. the hypnosis amounts to "guided imagery". i am learning how to become a happier person, focusing less on my physical problems. the negative feelings have been replaced by positive feelings that are helping to control my physical problems. it's not a cure, but it has been a blessing for me!!!!!!! - 11/22/2015 12:22:19 AM
  • Wonderful and helpful suggestions! I especially like #27! - 11/16/2015 8:23:25 AM
  • I use many of these but the "get enough sleep" is something I can't do because of the pain. I have Fibro, bursitis, and arthritis of the spine so there is NO position that's comfortable. - 11/5/2015 7:10:18 AM
  • RAINBOW700
    I definitely can relate to pain management. There is a new natural pain relief product which will be coming out in 2016. Look out for it. - 7/7/2015 9:41:55 AM
    Since I have lost some weight, my back and spine doesn't hurt as much. I don't lift anything heavy to irritate my neck.(spurs grew on the disc). Take some Motrin's and I sitting still is helping. I'm always moving around doing something. Learning how to relax. Have more good days then bad now. - 6/16/2015 8:00:25 AM
  • I use heating pads in bed, a heated throw in the living room, braces on my fingers, wrists, and ankles, I alternate with Excedrin and Ibuprofen, I take Celebrex and Cymbalta from my doctor, I use an infrared massager on my muscles, drink fresh ginger root tea, and rub on Aspercreme. I can't use a TENS unit because I also have epilepsy. It may sound crazy, but I've found holding clear quartz crystals and concentrating my pain into them really helps, too. Sometimes I've had luck with tumeric capsules, while other times they didn't seem to do as much. I use a walker most of the time, and I just turned 34 three days ago. - 6/15/2015 10:21:52 PM
  • I don't care if it's all in my head but my magnetic hematite bracelet really helps with my carpal tunnel and arthritis in my hands. - 6/15/2015 8:36:20 AM
  • My tens-unit helps, yoga stretching upon waking, Calcium and vitaD has also helped. - 5/19/2015 2:07:16 AM
    Losing weight has helped reduce the pain in my back and my knees. - 5/18/2015 10:36:57 PM
  • I have found that detoxing myself by fasting, but drinking plenty of water, has helped me with my pain. I think the carbohydrates is the culprit, but I know some carbs can be helpful.
    - 5/18/2015 7:29:00 AM
    Calcium pills are amazing for pain! I took a bottle of them before having my babies all natural. Also try the water method,Take 16 ounces water and wait 15 minutes if you still hurt drink 16 more ounces of water Often pain is a sign of becoming dehydrated. Acupuncture,massage,and chiropractor help me the most.Funny thing,for years I had back pain 24-7 that got increasingly worse. no medication or doctors helped and I spent thousands. Had my thyroid and goiters removed and most of the pain was gone as the goiters had wrapped around my spine and as they grew the pain increased! I also use a TENS machine
    - 5/18/2015 2:39:22 AM
    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

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