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Winning the war on Pain- what works for us? (please contribute!)

Oct 18, 2015 10:52 AM

Wanted to start this and hope everyone will contribute what they can.
Here is a start will add more later:

Thermaphore heating pad- expensive but they can last a decade or more, PT used, super deep moist heat plus has magnets and has a nice weight. Amazed helps arthritic and muscular issues so much. Found mine at a Walgreens, was return from online because they don't carry them in store so clearanced for $40. Wow it was a lot but figured they were great about returns do if it wasn't worth at least it's weight in gold that puppy was going back. So good Ive had friends come over multiple times JUST to use it! Cheaper on Amazon than elsewhere but is a lot.

Keeping joints warm so not so stiff. Didn't occur to me because I'm only in my 30's but my joint stiffness was arthritic and responded to joint warmers, warm clothes, thick bedding etc. getting cold= way more pain for me but a lot of my pain is arthritic and muscular.

Epsom salt baths- can get Epsom salts at dollar tree for $1 so super affordable. I often forget just how much this helps and am always glad when I do it.

Infrared light- from livestock warming lamp from a farm store to lightbulb in carefully chosen lamp, to handheld wand $20-30 on Amazon, usable infrared treatment can be found for $9-$999 and prob even more, but pretty affordable, warms deeply, helps stiffness, speeds wound healing etc.

Biofeedback - even a few sessions learning can help you learn to relax. Helped me relax into the pain which lowers it, also how to cope when it's really bad.

TENS unit $10-$499 huge range of options and all I can say is the $10 one fried me with a jolt, I do not recommend, that said found very nice one for about $20 on eBay, had to get from China but arrived in about 2 weeks.

Assistive & adaptive devices - arthritis and joint dislocations/laxity issues make some tasks difficult. A hand therapist shared a catalogue full of medical aids, mostly assistive & adaptive devices.bhonestly never occurred to me and didn't know many of the options available even existed.
Good examples
A) I use foam to make the pen body larger and easier to hold and softer to grip so I can write even when hand is hurt or stiff thus adapting the pen. I also buy knives with larger round handles and rubber grips if possible to use more easily
B) Tying strings to cupboard handles if having fine motor issues/arthritis swollen hands etc.
C) using splints, braces, mobility devices
D) I use ribbons or embroidery floss pulls or small carabiner type clips etc to make zippers easier to pull
esp. Tiny ones in & on my purses
E) back wrenched up in the am, couldn't get out of bed. Really, I'd be rolling whatever I could to try arms were very stiff too, felt like a fish washed up on sand. Was able to get an adjustable bed and don't care if I look like a fogey, super comfy a+ ( mine was from Costco, 1/3 or less cost of cheaper Tempurpedic options and it's very good).

I have an inflatable neck collar for car trips. I sometimes fall asleep from sleep deprivation but tend to crunch forward in terrible position that causes awful neck pain. This keeps neck in place, like a travel neck pillow but stays in place, just don't inflate as much as you would for traction type treatments.

Lidoderm or generic lidocaine patches have helped with painful areas sometimes

More to come! Please share your ideas and say what it helps with etc. hopefully we can help each other! thank you!

Oct 18, 2015 10:58 AM

Coming here and checking on all of my peeps that I have grown so fond of. Making someone smile or give someone a hug and help them through a crisis or problem.

Oct 26, 2015 8:18 PM

I have a TENS Unit, and it helps. Just wish it were heated . Was told today I need surgery on my elbow and possibly my shoulder. Not thrilled about that at all, except for the possibility of morphine afterwards. I need a new bed but can't afford it. We live in a 32' travel trailer. Most pain meds and no creams or ointments help me. Norco helps, but I need more each time. I had back surgery in 2011 and have more unresolved back issues. I feel like I am falling apart. I gained so much weight and couldn't exercise, so I had lap band, but gained half of what I lost back. My husband gets upset with me cause I don't do much, and we don't do much together. I really need some help.

Oct 27, 2015 12:18 PM

Chiropractic and Acupuncture! As for chiropractic, I've been getting adjusted for the last 15 years. Sometimes it improves the pain levels (depending on the problem) and sometimes it just maintains levels so that they don't get worse. I started acupuncture about 2 years ago and I've noticed a big difference! When I have both treatments together and stay on a schedule (once/week for me), I feel do much better than when I don't.

Oct 27, 2015 9:10 PM

My faith is very strong. Trying to stay positive, even in the midst of pain or frustration.

Avoiding overdoing; pacing my activities; resting as nerves.

Trying to eat healthier and get off sugary sweets, to eat fruits instead; to lose 5-10 pounds for my joints.

Staying on schedule of getting up, eating at set times, going to bed, etc, 5 of 7 days a week.

Doing 10-20 minutes of exercise each day; treadmill, stretches, bands, etc.

Voltaren gel for night cramps and sciatica (not working so well right now).

Oct 27, 2015 11:09 PM

Ice packs help me way more than heat. When I have pain I can't handle and I don't want to drug up and sleep through it with muscle relaxants, I try going to a friend's house and playing cards or talking, watching a movie... ANYTHING to get my mind off the pain. Last time, just a few days ago, I called a friend and just stayed on the phone for awhile. It helped some. ☺

Oct 28, 2015 12:04 AM

I have stopped using the p word. I find different ways to discribe what I feel. Now I don't associate all my aches as pain. Was told by a shrink that it helps my mental well being as well . It also helped me reduce drug intake.

Oct 28, 2015 9:19 PM

That's a good idea Zetarlov. 🙏🌼

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