What to Do When Pain Becomes a Normal Part of Your Life

Let’s clear some things up first: pain shouldn’t be a normal part of your life, but chronic pain is a condition that affects a large number of people in the world. Some attribute it to old age, others think it’s to do with underlying health conditions, and some are convinced they have to live with it. However, as debilitating as it can be, there are plenty of treatments available and a proper diagnosis will do wonders for you. If you believe that you’re suffering from chronic pain, then here are a couple of ways to get around those issues and live a pain-free life.

Are you living in pain like this adult?

If you are suffering from chronic pain, these tips may help you. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Diagnose the problem

First of all, don’t go online and try to look for people that have similar symptoms. Chronic pain is a personal experience and it’s usually different for everyone you meet. Some people will have it at different times to you, some will experience pain in other parts of the body, and some experience different types of pain.

Since it can occur at seemingly random times and in different locations on the body, it’s best you see a doctor to have the problem diagnosed properly and by a professional. Technology and the internet can only take you so far, so try not to rely too much on a self diagnosis.

Seeking advice

As usual, the first person to seek advice with should be a doctor. They should be able to teach you some basic chronic pain management techniques or at least refer you to a more specialized doctor that will tell you how to lessen the effects of chronic pain.

These usually involve meditative breathing exercises and you might be prescribed some painkillers for immediate relief. In some situations, surgery may be required to improve your condition, but this is rare and usually optional unless the pain becomes too much to deal with.

Fitting your life around your pain

Depending on what your diagnosis is, it’s possible to fit your life around your pain. One of the most basic examples is to look into your furniture if you have a back issue. If you spend a lot of time sitting down, then you’ll want to have a sturdy chair that is capable of supporting your entire back.

This might require a bit of trial and error, but there are usually some furniture pieces that are designed specifically to be ergonomic and to reduce the pain you experience.

Mental health

Chronic pain can be debilitating to a point that it will affect your mental health. This usually means it will interfere with your daily life and can even cause stress at times. It’s taxing on the body and is known to raise your anxiety levels and even cause depression.

It’s important to look after your mental state during this time because it can easily spiral out of control. Focus on trying to surround yourself with positivity in order to help manage your pain, and always seek help when times get rough. Remember that you’re never alone in your journey, and there are plenty of online communities and support groups that are ready to help you every step of the way.

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32 thoughts on “What to Do When Pain Becomes a Normal Part of Your Life

  1. This is a really good post, my father was diagnosed with Lung cancer last year (luckily he is in remission now) but his mental state took a temporary hit – but luckily we have a great Healthcare system in Australia and we all made it through!

  2. I was in pain as I read this today after hearing from my doctor that I’ll probably just have to live with it or adjust my lifestyle. I think it was as hard for him (He is young.) to tell me this as it was for me to hear it. (I am old.) I am trying really hard not to become depressed and making an effort to focus on anything positive. Your article was “just there.” Not a coincidence.

    • Hugs. You are so sweet and considerate, Shey xx And I loved catching up the tweets yesterday. Your shares and return comments to me are always appreciated ❤

      • These were lovely posts you had today–yesterday now–about the children and values and health. you have put such thought into this series. You could put it all into a self help style book xxx

  3. I don’t think we can understand how debilitating and depressing chronic pain can be unless we experience it. I had a friend who lived with fibromyalgia for years and she suffered horribly at times. I sympathized, but I never really understood until I tore my shoulder out of its socket. The pain was excruciating, and even after it was fixed, it was still chronically painful for several weeks. This pain made it difficult for me to think right, to write right, to act right and to sleep right. From then on, I’ve had such much more empathy for those in chronic pain. “Helpless” is a good word that Tanya uses, above.

    • I almost felt the pain when you wrote that “tore” your shoulder, Pamela. But you’re quite right that we don’t really get it until it happens to us. It’s like with my depression. People say they understand but until they have experienced it themselves, they cannot fully comprehend it. Still, the support and consideration of others is priceless. Thank you for your comment!

  4. As always, I love this. I really do look to your posts for comfort and advice, I’m so glad I found you here. This is so important, chronic pain has such a stigma attached to it, it’s so important to be informed and empathetic because it’s such a difficult transition to make. Learning to live with chronic pain is so difficult, it’s not easy to pick up a new life up off the shelf and just step into it. Learning to live with pain takes time, patience and a good shoulder to cry on✨💛

    • Wow, your compliment humbles me. I must say that’s so sweet of you to write here. I appreciate that you mention the importance of a “good shoulder to cry on” because the reality is that we all can benefit from the support of others ❤

  5. Wonderful ideas for help with pain Christy. You said it in the first sentence, pain is NOT a normal part of life and shouldn’t be ignored. 🙂 xx

  6. Been suffering from this weird ankle pain for months now and I have not done anything about it! You have given me this push to call up the doctor and set something up – I need to stop ignoring it!

  7. Excellent post, Christy – one of the banes of my existence is regular visits to various health practitioners – so I hate the thought of adding to that regimen. I usually wait a while before I seek out help… stubborn old… 😉

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