Change Your Home, Work, & Life For Less Chronic Pain

Change Your Home, Work, & Life For Less Chronic Pain
Change Your Home, Work, & Life For Less Chronic Pain

Whether your condition is officially diagnosed as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or something similar, you’re in chronic pain. What comes simply to others — cleaning your home, driving to work, even maintaining relationships — can be a challenge when you deal with pain on a daily basis.

However, there are changes you can make to your home and your lifestyle that can help. Below are several recommendations that can help you manage your chronic pain so you can live your life again.

Changes To Your Home

Where you live is important. It’s your sanctuary from the pressures (and pain) of modern life. That’s why you need to take a critical look of your home environment and see what changes can be made to help you cope.

Rearrange Your Stuff: It can hurt to reach for things atop high shelves or deep within a cabinet. To help manage your pain, move those objects so they’re easier to reach. Bringing the things you use most often to lower shelves or the front of cabinets can lead to less discomfort. Plus, you’ll feel more control over your life.

Make Your Bedroom Conducive For Sleep: Getting a good amount of sleep can help your body heal and relax. But too many people have bedrooms that aren’t exactly soothing. Make sure your bed is comfortable and try to eliminate as much light and noise as possible.

Changes To Your Work

If you’re like many Americans, you spend more time on the job than at your own home. That’s why you need to examine your work environment and make some changes needed to better manage your pain.

Adjust Your Chair And Work Area: Sitting at a desk and typing most of the day can tax even the healthiest body. Experiment with different adjustments to your chair until you find one that works better than others. Then rearrange the items around your workspace like you did at home — put the objects you use most easily within your reach.

Be Careful About Your Grip And Range Of Motion: Whether you work at a desk or something more active, you will be using your arms and hands. Make sure you stay within 30% of your grip strength and range of motion. This is the optimal zone for anyone dealing with chronic pain.

Changes To Your Lifestyle

You are much more than where you live and work. That’s why a good pain management plan includes taking a look at your lifestyle for any changes you can make there.

Keep Track Of What Triggers Painful Episodes: Some people with chronic pain don’t have a clear idea of what causes flare-ups. Even if you do, you might be surprised to learn what else triggers the pain. To better understand that, and to help your doctor manage your chronic pain, keep a log of what activities you do when the pain comes.

Learn How To Meditate: It might seem silly at first, but meditation and breathing techniques can lead to less pain. When you’re tense or stressed, your pain is more likely to surface. By learning how to meditate (and doing so regularly), you can help your body relax.

 

Chronic pain can be debilitating at times. But by making a few changes to your home, work, and life, you can manage such pain and have a better chance at a normal life.

 

Author: Jackie Waters

Using sound to help with chronic pain? Does it work?

Don't let the pain destroy you
Don’t let the pain destroy you

Okay here’s the deal!

As you know I’m very interested in natural and alternative treatments for chronic pain.

So I was fascinated when I came across the idea that certain types of sound frequencies can help with chronic pain.

But does it work?

This is what I want you to help with with please.

Can you listen to the sound clip below and then take the one question poll below that.

Many thanks in advance.


A Chronic Pain Personal Bill of Rights – which of these do you agree with and what would you add?

As I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog I’ve been working in healthcare information is some form or another for over a decade now.

In my days as a opinion researcher with people in pain a theme regularly came up in interviews of how many people felt – both powerless and overwhelmed by chronic pain.

So I was very interested when one of my readers sent me this infographic which offers some ideas for “A Chronic Pain Personal Bill of Rights”.

I must admit that while I agree with the sentiments of the infographic I have to say I don’t really see how it could be described as a Bill of Rights. No mention of access to decent pain management for instance.

But really that is just me.

What do you think of it? And what would you add to a “Chronic Pain Personal Bill of Rights”? Please do share you thoughts in the comments section below.

Many thanks in advance.


Click on the image for the full version!

A chronic Pain Personal Bill of Rights

From Visually.

Women and Pain – please can you help the University of Oklahoma with a very short survey.


University of Oklahoma - Pain Research
University of Oklahoma – Pain Research
Do you suffer from chronic pain? How has your pain affected you and your relationships?

Would you like to share your experiences with others? If you are a female between the ages of 18 and 64 and have experienced at least three months of intractable pain, please participate in the survey below to add your voice to the growing body of literature on chronic pain in women. After completing the survey, please share this link with others who suffer from chronic pain.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ChronicPainInWomen

We have been asked by Dr Jessica Brody to help her find women to take part in a survey she is running on chronic pain. If you have not already done so please do consider taking part!

Brody says “I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center/ Oklahoma City VA. I got my Ph.D. In Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in December of 2015 and my research interests are related to women’s health and relationships. My dissertation looked at predictors of distress in the experience of infertility. ”

If you do know of anyone who might wish to take part please to share this page with them.

Thanks very much in advance.


10 Tips for a Healthy Heart. Check them out and you can help prevent coronary heart disease (CHD) this World Heart Day.


Tips for reducing the risk of heart disease!
Tips for reducing the risk of heart disease!
As I sat down to work today I had a look over the BBC’s health news to see what the issues of teh day might be. The main headline was “Heart disease warnings ‘missed‘” . I’d also forgotten that today is World Heart Day.

Delving further into the article I discovered that the British Heart Foundation had recently organised some survey research and they discovered, to their horror, that 90% of people think that there must be symptoms associated with that “silent killer” high blood pressure.

So I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with you British Heart Foundation’s tips for a healthy heart and to prevent coronary heart disease.

a) Give up smoking. You can find some ideas to help you pack in smoking here.
b) Get your general health road tested by your doctor.
c) Maintain a healthy weight. Read our weight loss tips and blog posts here.
d) Keep active. Pretty hard for many of us but much more for people with chronic pain. You might find this guide to exercise for people with pain useful.
e) Lower your salt consumption. Both in and out of the home.
f) Eat your 5-a-day. Do you?
g) Cut the saturated fat. Find out more about diet and health here.
h) Always read the food labels. You would be amazed at the salt and sugar in processed foods.
i) Cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink. How much do you drink?
j) Watch your portion sizes. Make sure you eat less.

Do you have any tips for our readers? If you do please do feel free to share below in the comments boxes.

Thanks in advance.