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Aug 31, 2015 2:09 PM

Hello my fellow chronic painers!

I had a thought last night that we should start a discussion on products we use everyday that help with our pain. Maybe even some tricks and tips for making everyday tasks easier.
I'll start us off!

Sore, cold or swollen hands:

IMAK compression gloves
Got them on amazon for $30 i think. I have two pairs (home and work) use these on almost a daily basis; love them!!

Trouble sleeping:

Body Pillow
Something so simple has made my sleep so much better. When my pain is bad my body tends to crumple in on itself, so to speak, so by sleeping hugging a body pillow and having it between my knees it puts me in a better position and relieves some of my pain.

Trouble opening doors:

Switch out handles.
If its hard for you to squeeze, turn and pull your average door knob, switch it out for a lever handle. This completely eliminates the squeeze part and you can even use an elbow to push the lever down if you have to. I have one on my bathroom door that sticks and once again something simple and inexpensive has made my life easier.

I'm excited to learn some secrets from you all, so please reply!!! Even if you think it might be silly lets hear it because it could help someone else :)

Aug 31, 2015 2:24 PM

I have had the IMAK compression gloves for over a year. They are amazingly helpful!

Aug 31, 2015 3:07 PM

Migraine pain:

Besides my prevenative meds because I am allergic to triptain rescue meds, I use a gel mask I got at Walmart for $3 and I sleep in a dark cold no sound room.

Restless legs:

My mom gave me some diabetic leg cream it smells awful but it settled my restless legs and you can get it at CVS or Walgreen's. It's called Diabetic Derm.. Its a cream that's the funny thing! But it works!

Low Back Pain:

Ice pack and tens unit it work's sometimes or heating pad.

To keep from having to bend over I have a things that has a long handle on it and you squeeze the one end so you can pick stuff up with it in high spots or low spot's. Lol forgot the name of it! Sorry!

Can't live without my electric chargeable can opener, my hands get arthritic pain in them quit a bit and that saves me a ton more pain when doing diner!

Just haven't found a way to make my laundry any easier on my back?! Any suggestions? I'm doing it for 6 people lol!

Aug 31, 2015 3:13 PM

Awsome suggestions!

I'm so with you on the electric can opener, and i also found an electronic jar opener at canadian tire; they both save my hands

Aug 31, 2015 4:44 PM

Ask for help and delegate task to one of those five others ou do laundry for. Kids starting age three can help bring dirty clothes to the laundry room and help in other ways. You don't need I do EVERTHING for them. Your role is to teach them how to be independent in a loving and safe setting

Aug 31, 2015 10:05 PM

Two of the six is disabled and my kid's do chores such as trash and dishes and their room's and taking out the dog's. I don't want to overload them because of school and I want them to still be kids while they can. Now when my son doesn't bring out his laundry like he is suppose to then he ends up doing his to teach him a lesson and same goes for my daughter. I don't mind doing laundry its the bending over in the washer to switch it over. I do my house work every other day so I can take a day to try and recuperate from everything.

Aug 31, 2015 10:21 PM

For me, DMSO just helps with pain in general. It just helps me. I take it on walks

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