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6 tips for coping with chronic pain

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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 coping with chronic pain and fatigue easier.

1. Massage therapy

Massage therapy comes highly recommended for anyone that suffers from any type of chronic pain, such as a back injury or sprain. It is important to look for a professional that has experience treating individuals who struggle with coping with chronic pain, such as a massage therapy specialist.

This professional 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.

2. Exercise

Another way to make living with chronic pain easier is to exercise. This is because exercise releases natural endorphins, which are brain chemicals that will block pain signals and improve your mood.

That is not the only benefit of exercise, either. 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.

3. Coping with chronic pain and fatigue? Reduce stress

Stress can have an extremely negative impact on the body. That’s 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 to feel more relaxed and positive.

Two examples are progressive muscle relaxation and mental imagery relaxation. There are also CDs that play soothing and calming relaxing music; they can help lift your mood.

4. 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?

5. Learn meditation or deep breathing

Another way to improve your ability to relax is to practice meditation and deep breathing techniques. It 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.

6. Join a support group for coping with chronic pain

Last but not least, joining a support group can do wonders for coping with 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.

64 thoughts on “6 tips for coping with chronic pain”

  1. 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

  2. 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. :)

    1. 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! :)

  3. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

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

    1. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

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

  4. Pete (Hoonigan 😂😂)

    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!!!!!!

    1. 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. 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. 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. :)

    4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Tim Kim @ Tub of Cash

    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!

  8. 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.


  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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.

    1. 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.

  14. 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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