Hi everyone! I have chronic pain(pretty much everywhere) and I'm really struggling with it at the moment. Does anyone have any suggestions on what would help or ease the pain. I'm on amitripline but it doesn't seem to making a difference. Thanks :)
Hi Ariana. I'm so sorry you are dealing with chronic pain especially at such a young age. I am 52 and have had chronic pain and fibromyalgia 5+ years. I have tried lots of stuff..... I have been able to improve my quality of life and I'm grateful with the help of a pain specialist. Due to your age and the fact that doctors probably want to try to avoid prescription meds perhaps you can try physical therapy, Accupuncture, TENS unit, kiniseology tape, meditation, stress relief coping mechanisms, tai chi, pschycotherapy, support groups.... I have tried all mentioned and still incorporate some in my daily life. I think they can help some people better than others. The important thing is to stay positive and not let the pain rule all of your life. If you have a family member and/or good friend that can listen to you and give you the emotional support that is so so important. Another thing that I belief has helped me is that a year ago or so, I saw a homeopathic dr and was tested for a bunch of things , specially vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and got put on a bunch of supplements. I took all recommended for 6 months and then stayed on some that I thought really mattered and I do think that it has helped me recover quicker than before from flares, over doing it etc... Hope that helps you some. Glad you are here. There are tons of great people with all kinds of experiences and advice on this forum. Have to go get a walk in before its dark.....
Hey :) try getting a heatig pad. I got one of those that you stick in the microwave and heat it up, the wrap has aloe Vera and vitamin e or lavender or something like that but it's really soft and it smells good! I got it for $6! It helped my pain a lot. Also, stretch before you use the pad
Hah, I forgot a heat and ice. Both feel great at different times. I don't know where your pain is but if it's your back, you can try different positional devices(pillows, lol) or positions. Pillow under your knees if on your back. If on your side maybe a pillow between your legs, one on your back and one to hug. I have neck pain along with upper and lower back pain so I use all the above. I also have a real soft neck pillow that I LOVE. I take it with me almost everywhere I go and sleep with it. It reduces my neck pain a good amount. Maybe different splints or braces when you are going to be doing activities that may exacerbate your pain. For me it 'reminds me' not to do anything too stupid if I'm wearing my back brace or wrist splint etc. For the kinesiology tape I use Rock Tape brand but there are a lot out there. Their website show you videos on how to apply for different parts of the body. And keeping yourself distracted of course helps tremendously. Too much time alone and focusing on one self is not a great place to stay for too long.....I hope you find something to help you and I really hope maybe your pain can be treated and resolved. Good luck!!!
For me besides the pain meds I find ice or heat and using a sensory ball with pokies can help....I'm not sure if the sensory stuff is more distracting or what but whil I use them on my back if feels good.
Look up 'trigger point self massage" and try it out, and I second baths, heating pad, ice! Unfortunetly with chronic pain, it is chronic. So you just try to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Also I am a counselor and I think all peeps with chronic pain needs others to talk to!
Absolutely Jesswoo... I have started counseling because of being pulled of of work, pain, financial stress and fear of the unknown...I am being affected by depression and anxiety. I am very lucky to have a couple great friends who are awesome as well as perusing this forum...
Hi & welcome arianna! It seems everyone else has covered your question, or maybe my brain is blocked right now. I have fibromyalgia & asthma among many other issues, @ age 54. Today my asthma has me bedridden. But you're in the right place for support & advice 🙋
Hey Arianna, I'm Reece. I'm 15 and 10 months. I've had this for over 1.5 years now so I know the feeling when a doctor says " but you're so young ". I'm bedridden mostly and use a wheelchair + crutches. As well as that i have many complex symptoms from my neck down, my back cannot touch anything due to them otherwise I go into shock.
One thing that im currently experimenting with is a very warm bath with 8 cups of Epsom Salts and 5-10 ml of good quality, nourishing, good smelling and relaxing bath oil.
I'd love to talk to you about this. My kik is reecebrowne1 so is my snapchat let me know if you need anything else