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29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains

Self-Care Tips from Chronic Pain Sufferers That Really Work

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Many people struggle with pain. Whether it's short term from an injury or chronic due to disc issues, neuropathy or Fibromyalgia, we all want to find relief. Pain clinics and medical interventions are great places to begin, but some pain sufferers look for additional ways to find relief that don't always involve drugs, appointments or doctor visits.
We recently asked members of, the largest healthy living and fitness website in America, how they deal with chronic pain. Here are some products, strategies and insights into what our members rely on that could help you, too.
29 Ways We Ease Pain (that Can Help You, Too!)

1. "A positive attitude, although it is extremely hard to have, is a good start. Having a negative attitude certainly doesn't get us anywhere."

2. "I like to give myself an ice massage. I use a small paper cup to make it easy to hold ice and then apply it with a light pressure for 15 minutes on then 15 minutes off."

3. "When I listen to my body more closely, I know when it's time to rest or time to push. This helps me prevent overdoing it, which keeps pain at bay."

4. "Try to take it one day at a time, asking for help when you need it. Each day is different from the next so don't assume today will be bad until it proves to be."

5. "I like to walk laps in a pool as a form of aqua/water therapy and exercise that's easy on the joints."

6. "Listening to relaxation tapes helps me relax and takes my mind off the pain."

7. "Soaking in a hot bath in a whirlpool tub or even a hot tub does wonders. I like to add Epsom, sea salt or ginger to a hot bath as well."

8. "I regularly use my TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit. It's a pocket size, battery-operated device that sends mild electrical impulses to certain parts of the body to block pain signals. Some say it can even raise the level of endorphins (natural pain killers) in the body. It does wonders for me!" Note: TENS units should only be used under the direction of a qualified healthcare provider.

9. "Join a chronic pain group for support and ideas. Being able to vent or talk to people who know what you're going through can really help."

10. "Try acupuncture or acupressure treatments. These alternative forms of therapy are becoming more widely used. I was skeptical at first, but found they helped me relax, removed tension and reduced pain."

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Member Comments

  • Re suggestion #12--I strongly agree! As my PT says, "motion is lotion." It's hard to get started, but it almost always helps. - 2/19/2016 11:35:48 AM
    i have several health issues. Fibromyalgia, sinus troubles & knee pain are the ones that give me the most problems. i recently went to a Psychiatrist for depression who could not help me because i'm already maxed out on medications. the best thing that he did for me was to refer me to a Psychotherapist who is also a licensed Hypnotherapist. yes, she hypnotizes me. and i'm able to do it to myself at home. the hypnosis amounts to "guided imagery". i am learning how to become a happier person, focusing less on my physical problems. the negative feelings have been replaced by positive feelings that are helping to control my physical problems. it's not a cure, but it has been a blessing for me!!!!!!! - 11/22/2015 12:22:19 AM
  • Wonderful and helpful suggestions! I especially like #27! - 11/16/2015 8:23:25 AM
  • I use many of these but the "get enough sleep" is something I can't do because of the pain. I have Fibro, bursitis, and arthritis of the spine so there is NO position that's comfortable. - 11/5/2015 7:10:18 AM
  • RAINBOW700
    I definitely can relate to pain management. There is a new natural pain relief product which will be coming out in 2016. Look out for it. - 7/7/2015 9:41:55 AM
    Since I have lost some weight, my back and spine doesn't hurt as much. I don't lift anything heavy to irritate my neck.(spurs grew on the disc). Take some Motrin's and I sitting still is helping. I'm always moving around doing something. Learning how to relax. Have more good days then bad now. - 6/16/2015 8:00:25 AM
  • I use heating pads in bed, a heated throw in the living room, braces on my fingers, wrists, and ankles, I alternate with Excedrin and Ibuprofen, I take Celebrex and Cymbalta from my doctor, I use an infrared massager on my muscles, drink fresh ginger root tea, and rub on Aspercreme. I can't use a TENS unit because I also have epilepsy. It may sound crazy, but I've found holding clear quartz crystals and concentrating my pain into them really helps, too. Sometimes I've had luck with tumeric capsules, while other times they didn't seem to do as much. I use a walker most of the time, and I just turned 34 three days ago. - 6/15/2015 10:21:52 PM
  • I don't care if it's all in my head but my magnetic hematite bracelet really helps with my carpal tunnel and arthritis in my hands. - 6/15/2015 8:36:20 AM
  • My tens-unit helps, yoga stretching upon waking, Calcium and vitaD has also helped. - 5/19/2015 2:07:16 AM
    Losing weight has helped reduce the pain in my back and my knees. - 5/18/2015 10:36:57 PM
  • I have found that detoxing myself by fasting, but drinking plenty of water, has helped me with my pain. I think the carbohydrates is the culprit, but I know some carbs can be helpful.
    - 5/18/2015 7:29:00 AM
    Calcium pills are amazing for pain! I took a bottle of them before having my babies all natural. Also try the water method,Take 16 ounces water and wait 15 minutes if you still hurt drink 16 more ounces of water Often pain is a sign of becoming dehydrated. Acupuncture,massa
    ge,and chiropractor help me the most.Funny thing,for years I had back pain 24-7 that got increasingly worse. no medication or doctors helped and I spent thousands. Had my thyroid and goiters removed and most of the pain was gone as the goiters had wrapped around my spine and as they grew the pain increased! I also use a TENS machine
    - 5/18/2015 2:39:22 AM
    I found stretching on my big ball often relieves pressure/pain in my low back. When pain becomes overwhelming I turn up music a bit at a time until it interferes with my pain perception. (It distracts my brain from registering pain) Thankfully my husband is deaf and is not bothered by noise! - 4/21/2015 4:53:43 PM
  • I'm still experimenting and finding supplements and different things to help, and all the tips in this article are super! I have noticed that I have more energy since I started walking every day. I do 2 10 or 15 min. walks each day, and I'm slowing building up to a longer walking time and shorter minutes/mile time.

    I take Tart Cherry and Turmeric capsules (I get them through Puritan's Pride) for inflammation, Calcium and fish oil supplements for neuropathy and I use several Nikken magnetic products too. I always have a pair of magnetic insoles in my shoes, and I use the battery operated hand-held palm mag for localized relief.

    Ice always helps, of course, and sometimes at night I heat up the "rice bag" and put that on my knee.

    I need to do more stretching, so I plan on using my Stretch Out Strap I used in PT after meniscus surgery. I don't know why, but the knee I had repaired hurts a lot (my left knee) and my right knee, with an un-repaired meniscus tear doesn't bother me at all. The Ortho Doc even did micro abriasion on the left knee, but it gives me fits!
    - 4/21/2015 12:24:19 PM
  • I bought an OTC TENS unit, and it did help my lumbar/sciatic pain. I also found that ice packs helped. I pretty much had the TENS and the ice on the affected area most of the day. I did six weeks of PT, which also helped, but didn't eliminate it.
    It was pretty excruciating - I didn't get total relief until I had two epidurals. - 4/21/2015 9:31:06 AM

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