Hope that gives you some suggestions!!! If you are taking any narcotic-based medications to control the pain, make sure you take a regular stool softener and laxatives (I suggest docusate sodium and sennosides) daily or every other day to ensure regularity (meaning no more than a bowel movement every other day). Constipation makes people miserable, and it causes nausea and vomiting (and diarrhea too--don't be fooled!!!) if left untreated for long periods. Let me know if you need help in that department, I'm a Registered Nurse and deal with it frequently both as a professional and as a chronic pain sufferer myself :)
Take care!! And good luck with tackling your pain. Its up to you to keep going with your life and not letting it get in your way!!! Dana
Its also a good way to make time to think about you :) (I know I don't do this as often as I should!!!) Losing weight also helps take pressure off of the joints, ligaments and will improve your muscle mass and overall strengthen-- after losing over 100 lbs myself, I know how drastic this has improved the pain in my back and sciatica problems, and the overall feeling of accomplishment always helps. I also go to a pshychologist, as my specialist believes help with sleep and relaxation techniques benefits with decreasing pain, and it certainly helps to talk to someone-- everyone's life has stress involved!!
Just read your post about having back pain. Although I have a belief pain medications have their time and place (I have chronic pain and have daily pain meds too), I am also a firm believer to trying to decrease pain in natural means as well. Yoga for me has REALLY helped with increasing strength, flexibility, and stability (and a million other benefits), and found it helped reduce my pain better than any codeine could help with. Exercise in general will help, and I've been told by many physiotherapists that even 15 or 20 mins a day is very beneficial giving you endorphins and make you feel better, and mood ABSOLUTELY help with the psyche and reduces pain. I also encourage doing daily stretches when you wake up and go to bed to increase range of motion, strength and flexibility
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