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Anyone who suffers from chronic pain will know how difficult it is. Not only is there the physical suffering, but also it can be incredibly frustrating and upsetting. However, it is important to make sure that this pain does not take over your life. Read on to discover some tips you can use to make living with chronic pain easier.

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Looking for ways to manage ongoing pain? You’ve come to the right place. Pixabay, Creative Commons CC0.

  • Massage therapy – Massage therapy comes highly recommended for anyone that suffers from any type of chronic pain. It is important to look for a professional that has experience in treating someone that suffers from chronic pain like massage therapy specialist Miranda Hinkley. This is important because they will adapt the massage therapy to suit your condition. If you opt for someone that does not have a lot of experience, they could make your pain worse because they may not use the right amount of pressure and movements to suit you.
  • Exercise – Another way to boost chronic pain relief is to exercise. This is because exercise releases natural endorphins, which are brain chemicals that will block pain signals and improve your mood. This is not the only benefit of exercise – it can also help to prevent further pain and re-injury by strengthening your muscles. Of course, it is important not to overdo things. Know your limits so that you can enjoy the benefits of exercise.

  • Reduce stress – Stress can have an extremely negative impact on the body. This is why it is important to learn how to take control of stress, as feelings of anger, anxiety, and depression can make your body’s sensitivity to pain greater. Needless to say, it can seem like a bit of a catch-22 because the pain could be the reason you are feeling stressed. But there are plenty of techniques you can use which can help you to feel more relaxed and positive, including progressive muscle relaxation and mental imagery relaxation. There are also CDs that play soothing and calming relaxing music that can help to lift your mood.
  • Track your pain level and activities each day – By tracking your activities and your pain level, you will be able to determine whether there are any patterns. Perhaps there is something you are doing that is making the pain worse?
  • Learn meditation or deep breathing – Another way to improve your ability to relax is to practice meditation and deep breathing techniques. This is a great way to get your body to relax. After all, when you are feeling tight and tense, it can make the pain you are experiencing worse. By ignoring thoughts, focusing on your breathing, and repeating a phrase or word, you can get your body to relax.
  • Join a support group – Last but not least, joining a support group can do wonders for coping with chronic pain. It always helps to talk to people that are in the same position as you and genuinely understand what you are going through. They may also be able to share their tips with you on the different ways that they cope with the pain they are experiencing.
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  1. Elsie LMC July 30, 2017

    These are amazing techniques! I went through a spate where I tracked my pain level and I now know my limits yet still find it difficult to pace and face the facts of not being able to do most things as people my age. I also agree with doing breathing techniques as pain creates so much tension and the smallest relief is a great help. Brilliant post! 💗

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  2. cornfedcontessa July 30, 2017

    Great post!

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  3. CLEvangelism July 30, 2017

    Great topic and post. I would add: Follow an anti-inflammatory diet. If you search Google Images for “anti-inflammatory foods,” you can find a slew of great memes to keep in your phone gallery for grocery shopping.
    I have osteoarthritis in my hip from being hit by a car in 2011. Limiting sugar, eliminating grains, and eating a lot of olive oil and other anti-inflammatory goodness has helped immensely.

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    1. acflory August 1, 2017

      I’ve started getting arthritis in my hands and feet. A small bowl of black cherries [also known as Morello cherries or sour cherries] provides enough natural anti-inflammatories to keep me pain free. It’s not a cure all but it does help with some forms of chronic pain.

    2. Christy B August 1, 2017

      That’s wonderful to hear about this benefit of black cherries for you! Thanks for sharing about it here in case it helps others

    3. acflory August 2, 2017

      I hope it helps too. :)

    4. CLEvangelism August 3, 2017

      Thanks for sharing that! I’ll jot it down on my phone.

    5. acflory August 3, 2017

      :)

  4. WaltPage July 30, 2017

    Thank you for this 😌 I have scoliosis, coupled with degenerative discs and osteoarthritis in both knees, so I know how difficult it is dealing with chronic pain, not only for me, but for my wife. I’m like an old car that is rusting away :)

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    1. worldsugar125 September 25, 2017

      You are not rusting away!

    2. WaltPage September 25, 2017

      Thank you :)

  5. richa pandey July 30, 2017

    Your blogs are always really helpful. Great work again. Congrats

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  6. Rae Longest July 30, 2017

    Very helpful. Nothing really new here, but I needed the reminders. TY!

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  7. shehannemoore July 30, 2017

    My darling, you are going from strength to strength with these posts xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  8. Great post again Christy! Reducing stress, massage and exercise are my top go to methods when I recommend ways of reducing chronic pain to my patients! 😊

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  9. Megala July 30, 2017

    Great techniques to be followed!

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  10. Bassey Etim July 31, 2017

    Great post.
    I have nominated you for The Unique Blogger Award. Hope you like it.

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    1. Christy B August 1, 2017

      Very kind of you! And congratulations to you on the award :)

    2. Bassey Etim August 2, 2017

      Thanks Christy B!

  11. Tanveer Hussain July 31, 2017

    Informative post. Thanks for this hardworking effort

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  12. Teagan Geneviene July 31, 2017

    Chronic pain does in deed make every other issue (large or small) harder to deal with. So many people are dismissive of it…
    Have a good new week, Christy. Hugs on the wing.

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  13. Anita July 31, 2017

    great topic as always
    thnkn you for sharing dear
    kisses

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  14. declutteringmylifeweb July 31, 2017

    Last year my shoulders got injured and they became fully functional only in 6-8 months. It was time to realise how paralysing any pain is. We tend to take it for granted that we have no disabilities. This was rather challenging mentally as I did not know for sure whether it would be 100% again. Frustration should be consciously fought, not only pains, as you have mentioned.

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  15. Invisibly Me July 31, 2017

    Oh yes, stress is one I need to work on. I’d love to get a massage, and massage therapy definitely seems to have a lot of positives going for it in terms of chronic pain where muscles and joints are concerned (as a fibro ‘spoonie’). Great post! x

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  16. Jay July 31, 2017

    And take lots of pills!

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  17. Kirt D Tisdale July 31, 2017

    All great suggestions…my wife has had to deal with chronic pain most of her adult life and reducing stress has had the biggest impact for her along with the usual exercise, etc….great post!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. KathrinS July 31, 2017

    That’s good information. My friend deals with chronic pain, and her dog is very helpful. I think having a pet has really helped her deal with it.

    Kathrin

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  19. vivachange77 July 31, 2017

    This is also appropriate for living with an aging body.

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  20. Tim Kim @ Tub of Cash July 31, 2017

    Fortunately for me, I haven’t yet had to deal with chronic pain. I can’t imagine how sucky that’d be. Just feeling like there’s nothing you can do to get your mind off the pain because it’s always there! Sounds like an absolute nightmare. I think eating well, sleeping well, and living an all-around healthier lifestyle should definitely minimize some of these occurrences. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Very informative and useful post, Christy. It will help people suffering from chronic pain. Exercising is really a good option as my father has gotten rid of his knee-pain by following a chart prescribed by his physiotherapist.

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    1. Christy B August 1, 2017

      Hi Maniparna :) Always lovely to see you! Great to hear of your dad’s progress xx

  22. Swati Awana July 31, 2017

    Dealing with pain is really difficult. Resorting to pain killers everytime is not good for health. These ways to manage pain are really helpful. ☺

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    1. Christy B August 1, 2017

      We can handle more than we sometimes realize :)

    2. Swati Awana August 1, 2017

      We surely can☺

  23. Mary Brearley August 1, 2017

    It’s hard to manage pain. Sometimes taking pain killers is all there is.

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    1. Christy B August 1, 2017

      When it gets to a more advanced pain level, this is true.

  24. karenringalls August 1, 2017

    I worked in a chronic pain clinic for several years and everything you talked about is accurate and each of the modalities can bring pain relief. It is too easy to fall into the trap of turning to pain killers only. I hope everyone who suffers from chronic pain will pay attention to your sound advice.

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    1. Christy B August 1, 2017

      Karen, thanks for adding validity to the points here.

  25. emzynelson August 1, 2017

    Very helpful thank you!

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  26. dgkaye August 1, 2017

    Fab tips darling. I would also add accupunture because it helps my neck/shoulder issues immensely. :) xo

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    1. Christy B August 4, 2017

      Debby, I’ve never tried acupuncture. I recently adjusted my keyboard position and it seems to help with my shoulders that otherwise would roll forward. Hugs!

    2. dgkaye August 4, 2017

      OH, the old keyboard trick, yes, I am constantly trying to find the right height to avoid neck strain. In fact, I just ordered a newfangled laptop stand that contorts many ways, looking forward to that beauty when it gets here. :) xxx

    3. Christy B August 25, 2017

      Hi Debby :) Happy Friday! How did the laptop stand work? Maybe blog about your desk at home and let us know xx

    4. dgkaye August 25, 2017

      I don’t like the one I got, lol. I think it would work best lying bed, which I don’t use the computer in bed. I think I want to get that real good one called Veridesk I”ve seen advertised. Maybe for a Christmas present. :)

    5. Christy B August 26, 2017

      Ohhhh put in your request to Santa :D

    6. dgkaye August 27, 2017

      Done! :) xx

    7. worldsugar125 September 25, 2017

      How do you change your keyboard ?

    8. Christy B September 25, 2017

      My keyboard has an attachment on it at the bottom that enables it to be lifted up or angled to reduce the stress on my wrists. I also use an ergonomic keyboard. Hope that helps!

    9. worldsugar125 September 25, 2017

      Oh I get what you are saying. I am considering an ergonomic keyboard! Thanks for reply

  27. Pete (Hoonigan 😂😂) August 2, 2017

    Definitely exercise,going on my bike helped but regrettably used the car when transporting the kids around became necessary…i so want to ride my new bike build!!!!!!

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    1. Christy B August 4, 2017

      Cheers to your new bike build! :)

  28. Great post, Christy. Will be linking to my September Awareness Calendar (posts Monday – 9/1)
    xx,
    mgh

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    1. Christy B August 30, 2017

      I’m honored, Madelyn! Thank you in advance <3

    2. My pleasure, Christy. It truly fits well with what’s coming.
      xx,
      mgh

    3. Christy B August 31, 2017

      <3

  29. dawnwairimu September 18, 2017

    These are such good recommendations. Thank you.

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    1. Christy B September 18, 2017

      I appreciate the feedback, Dawn!

  30. Dr. K October 4, 2017

    Yoga is a wonderful option, and with several styles one can trial and error to find the one which suits them.

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    1. Christy B October 5, 2017

      Exactly! Thanks for being here, Dr. K :)

  31. Robyn's Reflections October 12, 2017

    Great post! These are simple, yet very effective.

    Along with exercise I often find that stretches help, too. Of course, everyone is different, but for the pain I deal with (neck/shoulder/arm) and the line of work I am in, I deal with muscle spasms on a constant basis. Along with massage and heat, stretching does wonders.

    Thank you for the awesome reminders. :)

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    1. Christy B October 12, 2017

      Thanks for sharing your story, Robyn. I’m glad to hear that stretching is helpful for you – it’s wonderful when we find ways that work with our unique bodies! :)

  32. fitnurselifeblog October 18, 2017

    So hard to take care of patients with chronic pain. Thanks for pointing out all the drug-free alternatives!

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    1. Christy B October 18, 2017

      And thank YOU for appreciating the post!

  33. bobbiejrae November 28, 2017

    I agree with this post…Overuse of narcotics as a society bears part of the responsibility for the opiod crisis in the US…I do not use narcotics for pain, instead I use natural method to control pain… bj, author, near a river

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