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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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  • My tens-unit helps, yoga stretching upon waking, Calcium and vitaD has also helped. - 5/19/2015 2:07:16 AM
  • EATTOLIVE123
    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
  • DOLLYHARTMAN
    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
  • 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

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