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A to Z. What works for your pain that is not a narcotic?

MsHumptyDumptyMMsHumptyDumpty Posts: 1,567
edited 01/16/2013 - 1:35 PM in Chronic Pain
I know there are posts all over the board of what people use for their pain. My pain levels are higher then I ever thought possible (after a recent fall -again!). I thought it would be nice to have a go to list instead of having to dig through a lot of posts of what you use for pain relief that works for you - excluding narcotics :)

Today I tried

1. Celebrex (just got put back on
it to try for the winter/cold months)

2. Moist heating pad.

3. 17 lb dog laying on sore spots - hey don't lol I use him often. His weight is just right for applying pressure & I get his body heat ;)

4. I only bent over if I was forced to all day, bending over brings instant increase in pain levels.

5. I also tried something new with my meds. I got up took my pain meds and went back to bed for 45 minutes and watched "let's make a deal", hoping that by doing nothing for the first little bit would help - it didn't :(

6. I took a day off "life" and did as little as possible today - that did seem to keep the pain levels lower then my normal days.

L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.


  • Love your list item # 3. I find my 55lb dog is a great heating pad and can make a difference when my leg pain starts up.

    I am fortunate and am approaching the 3 year mark after my 2nd surgery (had 2 within 5 months) and my pain levels are under control. I have my days where I am thankful I saved meds.

    I'll share my list because I still use these:
    1. PT Stretches
    (I spent 3 months last year with a physiatrist and his team learning new stretches and exercises) if pain starts to go up, I start using them religiously daily. When my pain levels are down I do them a few times a week

    2. Water, lots of it
    yes, gets me up and moving which is a big thing for me. If I sit too long I get lazy on posture and my pain starts to go up

    3. Comfortable shoes
    As a female, I try to look nice but even low/no heels hurt if there is not cushioning in the shoe

    4. Day "off" housework
    I can't always take a day off life but I have learned my house doesn't need to be cleaned as often, I don't always need to cook and it's okay to use paper plates sometimes so you can just throw them out. My house is little dustier but I say lived in.

    5. time to smile
    I have decided playing with my dog, walking her, baking (even if I give the baked good away) and other things that I find pleasure in are important. I was so stressed for 2 years (injury, surgery, pain, unable to work out, general frustration) that I finally realized I had to find new outlets for stress.

    6. I try to detect pain before it sets in too deep so I can take Advil or tylenol before things escalate

    7. And yes, I do have a few narcotics left from my surgeries and when things get really bad, I take 1/2 pill to take the edge off so I can get some sleep and hope to 'reset' myself.

    8. I did learn to tune out a lot of pain. I know this sounds absurd but I'm in my 40's. My big issues started at 40 but I had pains before that. One day I realized I was so IN TUNE with my pain that it was consuming me. So, I realized that I hurt before my surgeries from running or just getting older or whatever. So, I try very hard to ignore my regular aches/pains so that only the bad stuff bothers me. It's definitely a process (mental) to remind yourself of you pain levels. When I ache, I stop and think...is this my back or is this just leg pain like I used to get as a child or after a run or like walking up stairs when your knees hurt.

    Not sure this helps because I'm finally having more normal days than I thought possible.
  • paininohioppaininohio Posts: 240
    edited 01/17/2013 - 3:33 AM
    I love the doggie heating pad idea. That is so cute. They probably know that your hurting and I'm sure they don't mind the cuddle time either. LOL. I wish I had one, unfortunately my hubby has severe allergies so animals aren't in our lives. I do feel like I'm definitely missing out though, because we always had dogs growing up, but i can't justify having one when it would make hubby so sick.

    As for pain that's not a narcotic, when i feel bad, but not bad enough for a regular pain pill, I've tried those over the counter "migraine" pills. you know the ones that have aspirin, Tylenol, and caffeine? Those help sometimes.
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  • MsHumptyDumptyMMsHumptyDumpty Posts: 1,567
    edited 01/17/2013 - 4:57 PM
    I am going to try some of these ideas for sure! Thanks for sharing :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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