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.

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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.

Four Reasons You Might Be Avoiding the Gym (And What to Do About It)

Even if you want to get fit, there might be a few reasons that you haven’t quite got around to it yet. Read on for some possible reasons why not – and how you can get over them…

A Lack Of Time

A lot of us are suffering from a chronic lack of time. We live in an extremely busy world – we balance full time jobs with long commutes, busy social lives, healthy relationships and marriages, our parents’ needs as they get older, and of course our own children. So when we do get some free time, we don’t want to spend it at Cross Fit.

If that’s the case for you, it could be time to start figuring out what exactly your priorities are – maybe you could get up a little earlier to do half an hour of yoga in the morning, or you need to talk to your partner so that you get a free evening from childcare to go to a zumba class.

Fitness and relationships. How to balance?

She squeezes exercise into her day – literally. Pexels, CC0 License.

Old Injuries

If you have old injuries then you might feel reticent to get back into fitness. Spinning can hurt your knees, you might have old shin splints from too much running, you might even have old injuries from team sports that you really don’t want to end up reliving.

If that’s an issue for you, then it’s time to find something that works for you – if you have painful knees, try swimming, where the water will support your joints and make sure that you don’t get too sore. You should also talk to your doctor – the best shoulder surgeons will alleviate the shoulder pain you get from playing tennis, and they might be able to figure out the cause of that persistent back pain that stops you doing everything you want.

Women and Sports Injuries

Time to workout. Photo via Pexels.

Motivation

For a lot of us, motivation can be a problem – who wants to spend ages on an exercise bike when you could be watching your favorite TV show or hanging out with your friends? If that’s an issue for you, it’s time to find a sport or way of exercising that you actually enjoy. Continue reading

Top 5 Health Tips for Women

Women have so much on their shoulders, and we often don’t get much of a chance to look after ourselves. With juggling work, family, home and a social life, it’s not surprising that women tend to fall ill more often than men. If you’re on a mission to keep yourself healthy and energized for everything you need to do in a twenty-four period, here are some of the top tips for women’s health.

This health advice can help her

Feel like this woman? If so, focus on improving your health, starting today. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Stay Stress Free

It’s easier said than done most of the time. After all, our lives are so busy that there are times when stress is inevitable. However, stress is one of the biggest contributors to health problems in women and men, so it’s important you do what you can to avoid it.

If you’re going through a particularly stressful time, it can help to talk to someone about it. Whether it’s a friend or a therapist, getting things off your chest can help to lighten your load. Make sure you do things to help you relax, like take a long soak in the bath or go for a run at the end of the day.

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