Tips For Managing Chronic Pain For A Better Life

Being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition can change a person’s life. This type of pain--defined as lasting longer than 3-6 months--can be the result of many different factors, such as injury, arthritis, or a condition like fibromyalgia, but the effects are similar in many cases: they make life harder. You may find it more difficult to do basic household chores or to find the energy to exercise; it may be harder to concentrate at work or school, and you may be more at risk for depression and anxiety.

Fortunately, there are different ways to manage your pain for a better quality of life. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your specific pain management path according to your condition. Being open and honest about your lifestyle will help him come up with a plan for the best ways to keep your pain from taking over, allowing you to live your best life. Here are a few ways you can make sure your lifestyle isn’t holding you back.

Quit smoking

While there’s no scientific link between smoking cigarettes and chronic pain, there is a link between smoking and various other health conditions, including issues with the heart and lungs. According to the CDC, quitting smoking can reduce your risk of many diseases--including cancers--and can add years onto your life. Getting rid of the cigarettes can help you breathe better and have better health overall, allowing you to feel up to tackling anything life throws your way.

Get some help

There may be days when it seems like the pain will never get better, and when that hopelessness goes unchecked it can quickly turn into depression or anxiety, which will only compound your condition. One of the best ways you can cope is to acquire a service animal who has been trained to assist a person who is living with a chronic condition. These dogs can provide comfort, love, and help when you need it the most. For more information on all the great services these animals provide, read on here.

Exercise daily

Daily exercise may sound overwhelming if you’re experiencing chronic pain, but it’s actually one of the best things you can do for your body in many cases. Of course, it depends on your specific diagnosis, and you’ll want to consult your doctor before beginning any new regimen, but often, something as simple as walking everyday, gardening, or swimming can help you feel better.

Treat yourself

Depending on what type of pain you have, there could be some simple ways to manage it, such as massage therapy. Talk to your doctor about the benefits of this type of therapy and look for a licensed school in your area that offers reduced pricing for student therapists.

Take your medicine

If you have been diagnosed with a specific condition and prescribed medication to keep it under control, it’s important to make sure you take your medicine in the amounts noted by your doctor and ensure that you stick to your diet and/or exercise regimen at the same time. It could be that the combination of those things will help you feel the best, so be careful about straying from any of them.

Managing chronic pain can be overwhelming at times, and it may feel like you’re doing it alone, so it’s important to have a support system in place that will help you get through the rough days. Talk to your family and friends about the best ways they can assist you and keep communication open with your doctor, as well.

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