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8/31/12 10:04 P

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Coping with chronic pain was difficult if not impossible.

After cleaning up my diet. No processed or packaged foods and eating fresh foods whenever possible has been a huge help.

Losing weight and starting to exercise is also beneficial.

A word about exercise...
I started out very slow; walking to the mailbox and the dumpster. Then came the mall. Could only walk for five minutes in the beginning increasing to almost the entire mall.
Stores with shopping carts are wonderful. Walking the entire store with the aid of the cart is great exercise! Much easier than it sounds!

Please let me know how you cope.
Would love to hear from you.
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Qatrina:

What great ways to cope with pain...I am so glad to get help, especially useful on those RA flare ups or when I cannot walk from heavy, painful legs.




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I am not sure if my ways of coping are very helpful. I am not used to having pain as much as I have lately since I am newly diagnosed and had a flare up that has been worse than anything in the past.

I wasn't sure how to cope with it. When I am emotionally distraught, I usually end up turning to housework. Not sure why but the movement keeps me focused so I don't fall apart.

For physical pain though, I tend to try and get my mind off it. I like stories. So if it is a headache, I like to listen to an audio book and close my eyes. For all over soreness and tiredness, I look for a good TV show or movie to watch.

If the pain is not affecting my mind like tiredness then I like to play role playing games on the computer. I always enjoyed interactive stories like these. Then also there is Sparkpeople and talking to friends online.

The talking online is actually something I really like to do when I have a cold especially a sore throat. I like to talk and can't nor do I want to with a sore throat so I find typing to talk very therapeutic in those times.

Also, reading a good book is also something I like to do when I am in pain. It helps me get my mind off the pain and get into the story.

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Dear Ladies:

Your suggestions on how to cope with pain has been very helpful to me. Today was a tough one for me!! It was hard to get up, walk, just move. On rough days I am going to read what you both wrote.

Thanks for helping me!!

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Good suggestions from both of you ladies!

Also a timely post for me. I just had a procedure done yesterday called:
radiofrequency neurotomy. The procedure itself was moderately painful. THEN (afterwards, of course) the Pain Management Dr told me I will feel worse for up to 2 weeks and not feel fully better for 5-6 weeks. The results should last a total of 6-9 weeks. Today I'm stressing out because I am having a much harder time moving and am being stuck with the bedevilments of "the shoulds" in my head. Having a hard time just letting things be and trying to heal on my own time. It's not a convenient day to be "on my back" all day but I don't really have a choice today. So I'll take the suggestion of prayer and music (separate times). I forgot how important music is in my life and have it playing all the time now. It's really helpful. Also, meditation and guided imagery are a few favorites of mine. All I know is getting to be in acceptance and respect my pain will put me in a much better place, emotionally. I don't mean to succumb to it, but to just recognize it and not let my mind become obsessed with it...

Again, grateful for the topic and a safe place to share my thoughts today.

Cheers to you both!
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On really bad days, I used to just stay in bed and pop meds and sleep. But then I realized that one of my biggest fears was coming true. I was giving in to the pain, and becoming bed ridden. So now, I FORCE myself out of bed,and get to moving around. I do a little house-work, a couple of 5-10 minute stretches or workouts, or just walk around in the yard for a few minutes. At first the pain gets worse, but
eventually it will subside. Moving around and staying busy helps a lot. Sometimes I have to take several breaks, but I make it through.

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Coping with pain is a challenge almost everyday. When pain is intolerable I turn to music and/or praying otherwise my mind is just focused on only pain. When it is more tolerable I am posting on Sparks and doing crafts when I am not helping my daughter with home work.

To me pain is a consistent companion and more times then not, I want it to leave.

Hope you share how you deal with your pain.

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