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What to do to distract from pain?

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Identityhidden Wed 11-Jan-17 16:06:38

I've had moderate to severe pain between my legs /lower abdomen since about lunchtime . I can't shake it off. GP and Gynae etc are saying they're at a bit of a loss at to the cause now which makes me think it's just in my mind or something, and if that is the case distraction should make it better. I've taken painkillers (prescribed ones) and tried gentle exercise, eating and drinking etc. I've tried watching TV and reading but I can't get rid of it and don't know what to do. I'm at my mums , she says best thing to do is sleep or try to keep busy , either way not focusing on it? I'm reluctant to sleep during the day but I'm so sore sad

Have GP at 10am tomorrow which is fine , don't want to phone surgery today as worried they would want me to go back to hospital (been admitted twice) . Same with nhs 24 sad

KayTee87 Wed 11-Jan-17 16:09:18

Go for a warm bath then hot water bottle when you come out

MrsJayy Wed 11-Jan-17 16:09:57

I have Chronic pain and i sleep it off if it is really bad i also mumsnet too much. Sorry you are suffering hoping they get to the bottom of this flowers

TrustySnail Wed 11-Jan-17 16:10:47

Obvious one, but have you tried a hot bath? You could make it a long one and do a deep condition of hair, face mask, exfoliation sort of things. The bath might ease the pain, and the 'beauty treatments' would be a distraction.

Hope you feel better soon.

MrsJayy Wed 11-Jan-17 16:10:58

Yes a bath

LoupGarou Wed 11-Jan-17 16:13:38

Warm bath with Epsom salts? Or just a warm bath? flowers

This sounds silly but I have developed a coping technique of walling off the pain in my mind, so I imagine putting it in a box and closing the lid. Every time I feel pain again I say "no, not today" to myself in a firm interior voice and visualize slamming the lid shut on the box again. I also tell it that's its working my last nerve whenever it gets persistent. blush
It sounds stupid but its helped me get through cancer, multiple surgeries and some other pretty nasty stuff. It doesn't take the pain away, but it helps me function, and somehow talking to it helps me to not break down over it when it was at its worst.

Identityhidden Wed 11-Jan-17 16:14:18

I never thought of a bath blush. I'll try lying down for an hour and then a hot bath sounds good. Might get a hot chocolate as well. Only thing that relieves it just now is bending on all fours with my bum in the air but can't do that constantly!

LoupGarou Wed 11-Jan-17 16:16:00

Oh yes, and sniffing things that smell nice, wearing very soft clothes or wrapping up in a comfy blanket, basically things which engage your senses to distract you.

LoupGarou Wed 11-Jan-17 16:16:47

Yoga breathing helps me too.

PollytheDolly Wed 11-Jan-17 16:17:23

How old are you? Any more details (if you wish to divulge of course)

Sounds pressure related if relief is bottom up in the air.

Definitely salt in the bath will help, wouldn't put bubbles in in case it irritates though.

UTI maybe?

goose1964 Wed 11-Jan-17 16:18:33

Deep breathing and clearing my mind helps, a wheat bag is also useful as is a hot bath

Katy07 Wed 11-Jan-17 16:18:45

Try lying down with earphones in and music on? The music might (it does for me) stop your brain focussing on the pain & after a while you can take them off and try sleeping...

mrsBeverleygoldberg Wed 11-Jan-17 16:38:14

Tens Machine? My dad had very bad back pain and the only thing that made a difference was the tens Machine. I did the whole first stage of labour at home with the tens machine.

MrsJayy Wed 11-Jan-17 16:43:22

loup the box thing you do is a pain management technique so dont feel daft about doing it.

Identityhidden Wed 11-Jan-17 17:57:50

Fell asleep for about 20 minutes. Went downstairs and had a bit to eat , now watching TV . Painkillers have slowly worked as well.

I think it's probably a UTI yes. Last time I was in hospital they checked my urine and said had a raging infection. I got given amoxicillin as doctor said that would work. They were talking about IV but just did oral.

I'm 25, have had lots of scans (ultrasounds) and a pelvic MRI. Nothing weird found apart from adehsional changes . They won't do a laparoscopy just now , seeing GP tomorrow to discuss further options.

The pain box sounds a very good idea as does a TENs. Have a referral to chronic pain teams but that could be a wee while I think.

Destinysdaughter Wed 11-Jan-17 18:03:21

Maybe look for a deep relaxation meditation on YouTube, that May help relax/distract you. I have chronic back pain so am always looking for things to help.

Was going to suggest a glass of wine but may not be such a good idea!blush

Or even watching some comedy, laughing is very beneficial...

Identityhidden Wed 11-Jan-17 19:28:14

Ooh definitely not wine as much as I'd love one. None in the house anyway.

I think it is a urine infection but I've no stinging when weeing just pain in my tummy. The cocodamol has dulled it but feel drunk. Bed in half an hour or so maybe.

I did try a comedy dvd too which was good, mind was thinking about something else so that's good.

HollaHolla Wed 11-Jan-17 19:46:07

Ahhh Loup - I have a chronic pain problem and do the same 'pain cupboard' technique. Otherwise it would be screaming and weeping, and people look at you funny in the street if you start doing that.

OP, I'd second the heat/bath option.... And whatever position is comfiest.

lovelearning Wed 11-Jan-17 19:52:50



Drink lots of water

A hot bath will help knock you out for the night

DailyFail1 Wed 11-Jan-17 20:15:32

Lots of water and diluted juice, eating natural live yoghurt, usually sorts my utis out.

MoonshineJungle Thu 12-Jan-17 02:42:08

Cbd oil for pain has helped more than what the doctors have ever offered!

PollytheDolly Thu 12-Jan-17 05:06:42

Hormonal Contraception caused my UTI's. one after the other. God it was miserable. I felt like utter crap for 18 months. Antibiotics only worked for as long as I took them. Over the counter remedies complete waste of time and money.

Just a thought.

Hope you're feeling better today?

Identityhidden Thu 12-Jan-17 09:19:49

A little bit. Feeling quite sick but have GP in not too long. I'm on decapeptyl injections and the mini pill so that could explain it, I'm quite dry/sore down below. Suppose lack of oestrogen maybe makes utis more likely.

Identityhidden Thu 12-Jan-17 15:54:29

No UTI they don't think but they're no closer to answer. I've to reduce painkillers until I'm taking them only when pain starts and not all the time. I've to stop my gabapentin and start taking nortriptilyine . They're also planning to reschedule a laparoscopy for June or July (having cancelled the most recent one as they said my shape would make it very difficult to do). I've to try to lose weight to 13 stone.. I'm 16.3 just now so that's not going to be at all easy but will keep trying.

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