I have multiple causes for my chronic pain; several issues for 20+ years, others since 2008. Because I can't take most pain meds I've had to learn to try and focus on anything but the pain. I try to keep myself occupied mentally, even if not physically. I use Tylenol Arthritis, heating pads, voltaren gel, and when the pain is real bad Tramadol. I try not to sit still too long or it makes me stiff in my arthritic joints. I walk on a treadmill when I can, 10-30 minutes, which does seem help some by keeping me limber. But I also cannot stand or walk long. It's become a delicate balancing act, by learning my limits of what I can and cannot do, and how long I can do different things.
Melissa I try to use distracted and now added Advil. Was on Dilaudid after shoulder surgery and for every pill I took, it was 4 days of withdraws each. Did get some sleep that was much needed.
I go to therapy, PT at home, an trial and error on meds. Starting Pain Mgt soon, I have a Great team of docs that do not mind answering my e-mails.
Don't give up even when the body and mind is ready to. You got this! Take breaks offten, keep moving even if it is sitting in bed bending knees arms and modified yoga. Try to have a real laugh offten. Listen to your body and make sure the docs hear you. Learn your body parts so that when you say neck they understand upper back/thorax .... If that is it. Try to eat right for my condition.... What may work for me may not for you, trial and error... Good luck
Hi Melissa I'm 18 months in to my journey. I struggle with distraction. I surrender and lie on the floor to relax muscles and remember to get up before the bones hurt. I'm learning that pacing is good. Boom and bust not so much. I take Tramadal but dream for something more long lasting. I go to Physio twice a week plus home stuff. I have a neuropsychologist who is marvellous. I have good friends that let me wallow in their pool, eat chocolate and laugh a lot. I'm a slow learner and prefer instant gratification so I'm not the ideal patient LOL I am also in love with my heat pack.