Years of obesity takes it toll on the body. Back pain, joint pain, and other types of chronic pain are common ailments even after we’ve dropped our excess weight.
Anyone who suffers from chronic pain understands the time between pain medication refills or doctors appointments put you under a lot of stress. And when you encounter this stress it then compounds your existing issues and makes your pain even worse. It is a difficult situation to deal with, to say the least.
Fortunately, however, there are non-medical approaches to chronic pain relief. And these just might help minimize your reliance on doctors’ orders.
Support for Chronic Pain
Support is an often underrated way to cope with severe medical issues. Too many people believe their pain or illness is unique. When the reality of the matter is there are lots of people that suffer from chronic pain or similar illnesses who are just like you. And you can meet one another at hospital support groups or online support groups.
Everyone suffers chronic pain in different ways but you’ll find many commonalities with members of your support group. And, support groups are a fantastic way to get advice and ideas on how to cope with chronic pain in different ways. Support groups give you confidence that you are not alone, and you could even find someone just like you and who understands your experience exactly.
Get Your Thoughts on Paper
If support groups aren’t for you, then get your thoughts down on paper. Writing things out enables you work to through issues you’re currently facing. And it can prove incredibly helpful.
Set your laptop aside. Unlike typing, the privacy and intimacy of writing things down by hand makes your brain operate in a different way. Once you get into the zone, you might find yourself making sudden, incredible breakthroughs that can improve how you feel.
For those suffering from any sort of pain, the thought of a workout seems counterproductive. However, low impact exercise, such as aqua-aerobics or yoga, still offer plenty of benefits that help ease back pain, muscle weakness and joint pain. And they can make your day-to-day more manageable.
You’re not expected to lift heavy weights or master a tree pose. But you will work on improving blood flow and range of motion to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.
Meditation is another option, and it doesn’t tax the body physically. Mindfulness meditation has been shown in clinical trials to reduce chronic pain by 57 percent, and some experienced meditators can reduce it by over 90 percent, according to US News.
Chronic pain is a challenge. But too many people give up on their health without trying to find alternative solutions. So ask your doctor if these smaller exercises might work for you. I’ll bet they do!
Comfort in Sleep
Chronic pain causes inadequate sleep. And that can lead to a terrible day. Some days I feel exhausted before I even get out of bed. Then this will impact every movement I make throughout the day.
If you’re anything like me, then the more this happens, the more anxious you become about getting to sleep. And this anxiety often makes it even harder to get to sleep and stay asleep. To overcome this, consider using something to calm you before sleep. Things I do are meditation, soft instrumental music in my earbuds, or sleeping with a weighted blanket.
Are you wondering what that is or how are weighted blankets made? Then think of the effects swaddling has on a baby. You will find as I did, that they wonderfully improve sleep quality, and help refresh you for every single day.
Feeling Better from Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is challenging to cope with. And while it may never go away completely, you can take steps to reduce your pain and ensure your life is as comfortable as possible. With these natural and alternative methods, there’s the chance you will better cope with your pain and enjoy life a little more.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life