CHRONIC PAIN- things that help.
picklemewalnuts · 08/03/2021 17:12
This is a 'no comment' thread, so we can list what has helped us, ask each other questions about it, but not argue or disagree about whether it's a 'valid' treatment or not.
!!Buyer beware!! We aren't medics, don't buy anything or take anything off the back of this thread, these are simply 'things that have helped'!
- Exercising in warm water really helps my tired stiff achey body. I joined a local health club that had a warm pool and jacuzzi, with steam rooms and saunas. I miss it so much now it's closed! It helped with relaxation, and also with flexibility. I could exercise without hurting myself.
2. Amitriptyline. This helps me sleep and is pretty good on nerve pain- the shooting pains in my limbs, and neck pain. I vary my dose up and down by 10 mg, trying to keep it as low as I can manage.
RitaFires · 08/03/2021 17:39
- Compression supports, I have loads and I find them really helpful. My favourite pair of compression gloves has a velcro wrist brace attached.
2. Memory foam, anything too soft or too hard hurts my joints, switching to a memory foam mattress meant I stopped waking up in agony because I hyperextended my knee in my sleep.
3. Heated massagers, I never bother using a non heat setting. I recently got an eye massager and it's brilliant for relaxing.
4. Biofreeze I use the roll on kind so I can directly soothe where the pain is.
PerkingFaintly · 08/03/2021 18:06
(That's probably a bit specific to particular disorders, but on the other hand, they're cheap, available OTC and at the less harmful end of drugs for most people. I haven't waited for a diagnosis to try them, and have found them effective and expect this to lead to an improved diagnosis. I did confirm first with a doctor that I could safely take them.)
Akire · 08/03/2021 18:08
More pillows than you know what To do with, foam ones, big and fluffy, soft. They all come in handy when you are trying to find just that one half comfortable position.
Hot water bottles can help with pain or provide a distraction sensation on various parts of the body.
M0rT · 08/03/2021 18:14
Baths with 2 cups Epsom Salts, 1/2 Cup Bicarbonate of Soda, 1000-2000mg ascorbic acid (vitamin c)
Stretching gently a few times a day, constantly changing position from standing/sitting/lying down
Heat packs/hot water bottle
SCD diet, it's hard going because you have to prepare nearly everything you eat but effective for inflammatory autoimmune conditions
When necessary regularly spaced paracetamol and Nurofen Plus.
TheLaughingGenome · 08/03/2021 18:21
Very, very gentle physio.
Pelvic tilts for lower back pain. Push down, tilt up. Can be done on a bed.
Pushing the backs of knees down onto rolled up towel or flat surface, on floor or bed for knee pain.
^^ Both of these are likely pain from osteo, although I also have PsA.
BadgertheBodger · 08/03/2021 18:26
The Curable app
A large gel ice pack to sit on
Swimming, especially outdoors in cold water
Meditation, but only once you’ve actually become quite well practised at it. I think it took me 6 months of meditating for an hour every night before I could really relax myself and go into a sort of trance
DunravenBadger · 08/03/2021 18:35
Heat pads or if shoulders then heated wheat pack (the microwave one)
Yoga though need to be careful I don't overstretch because of the hypermobility
Used to find massages help my back and shoulders but I haven't had one in too long
Sometimes hot showers, can't have baths as I find, weirdly, even without bubble bath or anything I still get persistent UTIs
I used to use kinesiology tape a lot but as I haven't seen my physio in years I wouldn't have a clue how to do it anymore.
dane8 · 08/03/2021 18:36
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DunravenBadger · 08/03/2021 18:39
Intermittent fasting to reduce inflammation
Diets that reduce inflammation
Meditation (or the ideas that underlie it)
Ooh any idea how to go about figuring out a diet that reduces inflammation?
Thought of another one too - Tempur mattress and pillow. I literally couldn't be without it. I struggle so much when we used to go away.
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