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What influences your pain?

Jun 27, 2014 10:29 AM

What reduces your pain? And what makes your pain worse?

Tell us about your experiences and learn from the community.

Jun 28, 2014 5:46 AM

hot showers or baths and staying off my feet

Jul 01, 2014 12:34 PM

Lying down, most times.

Jul 04, 2014 12:02 PM

I have Fibromyalgia - it's very frustrating - it comes without warning. Heatpads or laying on a electric blanket heated bed help a bit. Most of the time I don't have to do anything and it becomes unbearable. That is the FRUSTRATING part!!!!

Jul 04, 2014 3:35 PM

Lying down with pillow ander my knees works best for me.

Jul 04, 2014 3:48 PM

I have osteoarthritis in my lumbar and thoracic spine. Hot showers feel good and help. also staying off my feet.

Jul 04, 2014 6:22 PM

Laying down flat in bed, as even sitting for any length of time in the recliner aggravates the pain. Also trying to stay as inactive as possible. ( Degenerative spine and hip disease, osteoarthritis, migraines, epilepsy, sleep apnea, diabetes, 2 prior strokes.)

Jul 04, 2014 10:23 PM

every position hurts my back, leg, foot anckle. in all sitting, laying, walking, all put in a nut shell, every little normal activity that the human body must do in a normal day hurts like hell. I was fine for 9 years after receiving two surgery's, of my lower lumbar " 3,4,& 5 but recently I have falling through a floor. that ruptured my s1 and the devil has cursed me with fire all in my right leg and foot.
what makes me feel better, nothing really tried everything, chiropractor does relieve my much of my pain, but only for a short about of time. but that relief is very welcomed and I praise him for what he is able to achieve by his perfection. physical theropy helps as well but has the same results of the chiropractor, chiropractor seems to help better. I am on my way in to the hospital on July 14 to receive my surgery on the s1, by the same surgeon who did my last surgery, I have full confidence of him and his team to to achieve the same results of the last surgery. good luck to you all!!!!!!!

Jul 05, 2014 8:13 AM

I actually worked as a physical therapist assistant, in my prior un disabled life. So I learned the importance of a good balance between movement and rest. If I let my pain immobilize me all it dies is backfire in the end. Yet if I over do it on hood days that screws me up as well. So using a flexible schedule of activity alternating with rest, meditation, and round the clock pain meds have kept me functional.

Jul 05, 2014 7:25 PM

Staying mobile is very important, gentle stretching exercises, constant awareness of posture, sitting for prolonged durations is awful, the cold makes my muscles tense, seize up and spasm, so heat packs, and yes, sadly, regular medication.

Jul 06, 2014 6:25 PM

Sitting upright, yoga, meditation and most importantly deep and fast breaths of fresh air until I become light-headed. it reduces my cluster headache severity.

Jul 07, 2014 12:10 PM

lying down seems to help back pain but doesn't do much for hip pain I'm hoping to be referred back to pain clinic as this is destroying my life what do people think about acupuncture?

Jul 07, 2014 12:42 PM

Acupuncture is definitely worth a try, I found it very useful.

Jul 08, 2014 3:43 AM

Acupuncture worked well for me, hip pain disappeared completely after 2nd treatment (seriously dulled down after 1st) and effect lasted a good 2 years.

Of course acupuncture is different for everyone, but worth giving it a go.

Jul 08, 2014 11:00 AM

Lying down makes my hip pain (trochanteric bursitis and arthritis) worse, and lately it's been accompanied by a pins and needles feeling down my leg into my foot. Also some arthritis in the lumbar and thoracic spine, so sitting or standing for long periods of time becomes . . . uncomfortable. I work with a personal trainer and am also seeing a chiropractor and an orthopedic physical therapist. There are days I'm not sure if this is making it worse, but it certainly doesn't seem to be making it any better.

Jul 09, 2014 1:59 AM

rain, snow increase my pain. ive dealt with widespread pain for 10 yrs now. dr.s dont know whats wrong with me. im a guinea pig for rx meds. nothing has helped. ive done heat/cold compresses, baths, therapy, excersize ,meds. what can i do?

Jul 20, 2014 6:31 PM

Changeable weather, damp weather, standing, sitting for long periods, lifting & carrying, bending, kneeling, (jogging, cycling, cross trainer, Pilates - recommended by my unsympathetic GP) all aggravate my pain.
My meds don't help much. TENS machine, laying flat, laying with legs raised, soft cushion under small of back, soft cushion between knees (when laying on side), alternate hot & cold packs, gentle massage (using oils, to relieve muscle spasms/stiffness) all help to alleviate my pain.

Jul 30, 2014 7:14 PM

hot showers are best. I now have access to a warm water therapy pool so am a bit more hopeful. most days I just ask to be let to die.

Aug 03, 2014 8:49 PM

the cold makes my pain worse and sudden quick movement. can lead to muscle spasm. heat packs and hot baths tend to help pain to a point. tens machine can sometimes offer relief depending on how bad pain is. meds help most especially for the nerve pain. couldn't function at all without it

Aug 09, 2014 8:06 PM

Hot showers and lying down. NSAIDs help a little bit, gentle stretches.

Aug 09, 2014 9:14 PM

STRESS makes it worse....agree on the nerve pain meds and others. Couldn't get out of bed most days without medications to help.

Aug 10, 2014 1:42 AM

What influences my pain and fatigue? diet high in sugars, simple carbs, too much exercise, too little exercise, stress, working too much, getting sick like a flu or cold.
what helps? yoga and walking, relaxation techniques, sending -- and I know this is strange -- healing loving energy to the point of pain, hot and cold baths like at a spa, especially the cold, a simple, like real simple low carb high protein diet, mostly salmon and vegetables and some fruits!

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