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What do you do to feel better, and get your mind off of "it"

Aug 20, 2015 8:55 PM

I'm in so much pain, and so down from having to deal with this. I wonder what you all do to help your mind off of feeling so sick all the time?

I have my little dog and my pot belly pig sophia, who give me some comfort and distraction when I'm hurting really BAD, but today it's just that nothing is helping.

Aug 20, 2015 9:15 PM

It depends. Distraction can help, but once it's bad enough, I'm gone and it doesn't matter. I sometimes come on here, watch Netflix, try to get some of my school work done, research new medical treatments, bath, draw, or read.

Aug 21, 2015 10:56 AM

I'm having trouble with this too. It's really wearing on my boyfriend and I'm starting to withdrawal completely. I'm tired and grumpy and can't concentrate enough I have a conversation. Relationship + pain+ brain fog+ strong medications + 2 dogs one trying renal failure and the other possibly with epilepsy + work + school+ friends = unfuncfional and uncommunicative suggestions please

Aug 21, 2015 11:14 AM

MyDogMasksMyPain,
I know I take walks with people I care about, or if I can't walk we'll just sit around and talk. I get that there are important things, but everyone I know is so ADD. I just talk, and hopefully the important things will come up. We might forget about them, or suddenly switch to something totally random. At least we talked.

Is there something that would just help you feel a little less stressed? That's why I like walking, and doing family trips even when they are exhausting. When you right it out as an equation, my first thought is, make some of the stresses leave. It's hard, but worth a shot. Obviously, a lot of things are outside of your control, but try to take breaks.

Maybe do something distracting with your boyfriend? If you're super introverted (like me), maybe just something like reading, or cuddling, or listening to music. Also, maybe ask your doc about which meds are more likely to cause the slow, zombie-ness. I know a couple of my meds made me so spacey, and I just felt numb, and I could not talk or think until it wore off. Luckily it caused swelling so I knew something was wrong.

Aug 21, 2015 11:52 AM

I never knew that there was such a thing as adult coloring books. I heard about them earlier today. Apparently they are great distractions (if your hands still function). I checks on amazon and they have titles like color me calm. I think it's supposed to be some sort of relaxation art therapy. I'm going to order a coloring book on my next order and see what is like and if it helps.

Aug 21, 2015 12:19 PM

Sounds like a porn coloring book haha! The dollar store has a good collection

Aug 21, 2015 12:30 PM

That was my first thought when adult coloring book was mentioned. I had to Google it. I can't draw worth shit but I figure i could probably color in a nature scene or intricate pattern that is already outlined for me.
I'll have to check out the dollar store.
Thanks

Aug 21, 2015 2:52 PM

Mydog, I can relate about how this affect our relationships. My hubby tries really hard to understand, but ultimately, I know he is sick of my pain and it's so hard for me tho be upbeat. I do see a therapist who has many good suggestions and let's me just have a neutral shoulder tho cry on. After being sick for 7 years, friends get tired of it. My sister is probably my closest advocate right now and helps to ground me.

I have started to try meditation, to calm me, so we will see if that works.

Walking is not a good idea as activity puts me over the edge very quickly, although I have always enjoyed hiking and long walks. Praying that you find some relief.

Aug 21, 2015 3:19 PM

When my pain is really bad I try and relax by taking all types of photography it usually helps calm my mind but at times it doesn't and I am back where I started. My family on my side is all in Florida or in West Virginia, and I'm over 1019 miles away. So my family mainly consists of my husband my 2 biological children my step daughter and the aunt I take care of. My husband is really awesome to me but I can tell at times that it frustrates him to see me like that and he has to go out in the shop in the garage and I'm usually left in my room alone having to lay on the bed to ease my back or sit up with tons of pillows behind me. Watching ncis or shh lol the Disney channel!

Aug 21, 2015 3:24 PM

My sister lives 3 hours away, but wee get on messenger video or FaceTime, so it is like being together.

Aug 21, 2015 7:04 PM

Yoga has been helpful, an I love going to the classes but it's expensive!!!

I am doing a lot of good things. Got to try out a new job at work and I love school! Frustrated because a class got cancelled an there are no more available slots but it'll all work out how it should.

I love my man I do. It just takes work and it's a relatively fresh relationship and we are youngish. 24 me and 29 him.

Also, I'm in the middle of switching therapists. Hopefully this next one is a great fit!

Aug 21, 2015 7:08 PM

I would like too try yoga, but it should have tho be pretty gentle.

Aug 21, 2015 7:16 PM

A good tracer will ask your injuries or achey areas and adjust accordingly even in a big class. Don't push yourself

Aug 21, 2015 7:19 PM

I was in a class and the teacher was really friendly and helpful about adapting (even when I could only use one leg and pay off my arm) in yoga. Her class was the hardest to drop when I was in a wheelchair.

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