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On a positive note

firewater1981ffirewater1981 Posts: 84
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Chronic Pain
Does anyone have any useful tips on what helps them with their Chronic Pain?



  • But, I start the day with my meds....

    I have lumbar pillows I use while driving, sitting at my desk, etc.

    During the day, I make sure I get up and walk around at least every 20 minutes.

    I try not lift anything too heavy (but sometimes I do forget this rule... shame on me!)

    In my car, I have a seat warmer in the driver's seat. I use that often. My gosh - I really don't know how I lived without it!

    I use the "therma care" patches for my back often.

    I try not do activities that I know will cause excruciating pain. But, sometimes I just say "to heck with it". Only where family is concerned. I have not been to any of our local college foot ball games (LSU game day is AWESOME! And I miss it dearly), but I have been to my youngest son's baseball games, and will go to the high school foot ball games to see my middle son who is in the marching band... I pick and choose my pains I guess you could say...

    I recline as much as possible.

    I've learned to delegate chores. Even though I enjoy dusting, sweeping, mopping, vacuming, etc...

    I've also learned to be thankful I can even get out of bed... There was a time about 5 years ago or so where I could not perform even that simple act.

    Apparently I do more than I thought I did to "manage" my chronic pain...

    I'm exhausted now!
  • Haha. Thank you Jeaux. It seems you do do alot. I am glad. For me it helps taking a light medication before the pain gets intense as preventing a high pain episode is easier then fixing one. At least for me. I find that laying around alot makes my arthritis and overall pain worse. If I mix in laying with movement throughout the day I seem to benifit greatly. I am currently out of work but when I do get a job it would be nice if they had some where to lay down that wasnt in plain view. Not to take a nap or anything but to decompress some of my spine. I may just get a stay at home job. Regardless. Thanks for the post.
  • I take pain meds as well and Cymbalta for the sciatica in my leg and foot. I also use an Infrared Platinum heating pad which penetrates 2-1/2 inches into the back or leg as opposed to a regular heating pad which only heats 1/2 " into your skin. It was a good investment for me and wear it whenever I sit. I try to use the manual treadmill daily for 5 minutes and the recumbent stationary bicycle 3x a week for 30 minutes since I can't walk outside without taking a rest. The problem is with winter coming I'm afraid to slip and I have no where to sit and rest although the curb looks inviting I can't get up from the ground! I hope you have less pain days ahead Firewater. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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