Monday, July 19, 2010

10 Little Things That Help Me Cope with Pain


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Coping with pain isn't easy, especially when you have pain every day or nearly every day for years on end. It wears on you and challenges your spirit. As much for my own benefit in not getting bogged down in my pain as for yours, I've compiled a list of 10 simple, inexpensive things we can do to better cope with our pain.

Tennis ball: When my neck and shoulders are hurting it helps to place a tennis ball between me and the wall and gently massage the area.

Ice/cold: I keep some generic cold packs in the fridge and cycle through them as needed. I prefer they not be frozen, but everyone is different. Experiment and find out what you like.

Heating pad.

Deep, slow breathing.

Gentle stretching.

Petting & cuddling with my dog and cat.

Funny movies or TV shows: I love Stepbrothers, The Hangover, Tommy Boy, Superbad, The Office, Arrested Development, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks & Rec and Seinfeld, to name just a few.

Aromatherapy: Mint and lavender scents are my favorite.

Foot massage: When I'm feeling very beaten down by pain sometimes my husband will give me a relaxing foot massage. It's not even necessarily that my feet hurt, but rather that it's a soothing experience when my body is stressed out by pain.


Ceiling fan: The soothing whir and cool breeze generated by the ceiling fan in our bedroom is a godsend when I'm dealing with an especially awful migraine.


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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.