The one with 4 ways to manage chronic pain

I am sat listening to my guilty pleasure, Jeremy Kyle, a UK daytime TV show similar to Jerry Springer. There is some woman saying “I never ordered Blue pills” I am just smiling at the TV. Then Gareth pipes up he doesn’t need those blue pills... I think the blue pills are Viagra, I won’t comment whether Gareth needs them or not.
At the moment I am in pain. Lots of it. And I'm not even talking about the pain of putting up with Gareth here! I haven’t had the most successful week, and I need to get back on my feet. I still have concussion and a bruised skull. I also appear to have done something to the muscles in the back of my neck/base of my skull. How? I don't have a clue! The doctor said it could take up to ten days to heal. My whole body hurts. I still feel lucky. It’s only a blip. My health always gives me blips. I am like a computer, when it freezes up. I need rebooting, or the fan replacing (definitely true today, I've made Gaz open the window even though he is freezing his nipples off,) so I stop overheating! Maybe they should turn me off and on again.
I feel lucky to be alive as apparently the seizure was another nasty one. I feel train-wrecked, but I made it through! And I even remembered to keep breathing this time!
On Saturday I had 18 injections into my back, including a couple that went right into the nerves on my spine. I have stenosis. It sounds like an alien disease. Stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, and results in pressure on the nerve and spinal cord. So it’s quite painful. At the moment, that is what is causing me the most pain. I am trying to keep my mind off it, but it’s hard when you are on bed rest, so I am doing jigsaws, watching TV and reading. Oh and apparently now writing.

My plans for the week...

That’s the thing when you have a disability and chronic illness, you have to rest, then get back on track ASAP.

I know there are people out there who are finding pain tough, especially if you do not know the cause. I know how you can feel:
At the moment I feel mainly tired, but remember you should talk to people. Cuddle your teddy, have a hot bath, get a cuppa. You aren’t lost, you are at home. You will have family, friends, friends online, your cat, dog, or pet dinosaur who care about you. You will get through the pain. Never think you are alone.

4 Ways to distract yourself from pain

1. Talk to others

When you are in pain, talk to someone. Give someone a call, or text someone, or invite a friend over. Just talking sometimes takes your mind off things, and getting the stress off your chest that pain causes is good! I love having my amazing friend Marie over. We end up watching some Marvel Film like Iron Man. Then we end up chatting about nonsense. Gareth is usually in the background either making cups of tea, or pottering about being Gareth. Though I draw the line when he attempts to do D.I.Y. whilst I have friends over! If you can’t have friends over, go online, for example on Twitter, FaceTime or Skype. I have made some lovely friends online and I chat to them about all sorts. Some people find it easier to express their feelings when it’s not face to face. Why not ring a friend or family member and have a chat. I do that a lot as I love chatting on the phone. I swear poor Gareth just wants peace and quiet!

The benefit of technology is you can talk to anyone, anywhere without leaving your bed!

2. Do something you enjoy

I enjoy doing jigsaws on my iPad, and watching films or documentaries on Netflix. I love reading too. OMG Amazon Kindle is amazing, I use kindle unlimited which gives you access to loads of free books, and they are doing a free thirty day trial, which I highly recommend checking out, you can sign up here. I love all the books you can get for free and you end up discovering some awesome author! There's nothing better than getting completely engrossed in a book and forgetting how much you hurt! If you enjoy drawing, draw. If you enjoy writing, write. If you enjoy cuddling your pet whilst watching TV, cuddle your pet! Do something you love! If you can get out, then get some fresh air and go for a wander, but do something YOU enjoy.

When I say cuddling your pet whilst watching TV, I mean trying to watch TV and getting licked to death!

3. Heat
There is nothing like a hot bath, and I love these Himalayan bath salts. Seriously, the best fiver I have spent in a long time! I also love this Doterra Lavendar essential oil. It completely relaxes me. My muscles and spine feel so relaxed!  Oh if you have a headache, massage the Lavender oil into your temple! Wow! The first time I did that, I felt so sleepy.
I have to say a massive thank you to Anne, for getting me into the Lavender Oil. I will admit I was skeptical at first, but I am converted. The lavender essential oil helps! There are so many, I really should try some others!  Plus candles help. All the candles! Gareth bought me these the other day and I love them! I may or may not have too many candles in my house...
If you are not a massive fan of baths, a lovely hot shower with Radox moisturising shower gel, and a shower scrubber help. I put the Radox on the shower scrubber rub in circles on my aching muscles! Try it and let me know if it helps! I'm not including a link to the Radox as it is expensive on Amazon and you can get it in Poundland! I'll never link to a product I believe is poor value! If you are fan of hot drinks, hot chocolate is a good one! Hot chocolate with marshmallows makes your insides feel warm and happy. Another good thing to have is a hot water bottle on the area of your pain, and cuddle your pet, or teddy! Heat is proven to reduce pain caused by inflammation and it works for a diverse variety of pain types.

The Lavender Oil mentioned above.

4. Relax and de-stress

Many studies have proven a link between high stress levels and perception of pain. So step away from the stress in your life, as it only serves to make you hurt more. In the long term you can look at improving your life and look at managing the things that cause you stress. Got something bad happening at work? Step back and change it. Speak to someone! Arguing with friends and family? Step back and take it easy with socialising. Worried about something? Do what you can to fix it.
And if something you can't change is causing you stress, the best thing to do is get a bar of chocolate, get on your sofa, stick your favourite program on and eat said chocolate whilst drinking tea. (Other beverages are available, they just aren't as good!) Or get a bath with candles, and eat chocolate in the bath! Which is what I am about to do right now!

Gareth has just ran this for me, ignore the duct tape, he made a mess resealing the edges. 

Pain is all about how your brain interprets the signals coming from your body. If your mind is unoocupied or overstimulated, you will feel pain more and it will have more of a negative effect on your quality of life. Most of these techniques are about giving your mind something else to think about so it places less importance on the pain signals coming from your body. So take care of yourselves, keep busy but don't exhaust yourselves and try to enjoy life as much as you can!

Got any other tips for dealing with pain, or has this post helped you in any way, let me know in the comments!

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Anne said…
I am so glad the lavender has helped you! This post is full of great tips to help deal with pain!

Thanks for sharing Ruth xx

You're such an inspiration
Wow! Thank you for your very kind comment Anne! ♥️♥️ I am really happy the Lavender has helped as well. Thank you for your advice Anne. You are an inspiration! Xx
Elisabeth Straw said…
I am so sorry to hear about your pain. I have permanent pain in my back and I would agree that although you can't always take pain away, sometimes doing some of the things you suggest can help to take the edge off it. I struggle as I am very sensitive to a lot of medication. The GP has tried everything! I would also say finding your happy place through meditation helps. When my pain becomes unbearable, I use breating techniques to try and relax into it. Great suggestions and another great post too!
Thank you for your kind comment! πŸ’œπŸ’œ Yeah just taking your mind off it helps. I am sorry to hear about your pain! I hope something helps you soon. I will try the breathing techniques you suggested. Thank you for your kind words! 😊🌸xxx
Charlotte Rick said…
I'm lucky that I don't suffer from chronic pain, however I still think I (and others) can learn a lot from this! I do suffer from anxiety, and I think your suggestions will really help with that - so thank you. I love how open and honest you are with your posts, and how much you put in to helping others! xx
Wow! Thank you for your kind comment Charlotte. πŸ’œπŸ’œ Definitely! If this helps you and others, I have achieved my goal. Thank you so much for the awesome comments. 😊🌸xxx
Veronica Brown said…
I suffer from chronic pain myself so I know how awful it is.I love your suggestions and I will definitely try them. I am sorry to hear about your pain.
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Thank you so much for your lovely comment Veronica.♥️♥️ I will continue to push on! 😊🌸xxx

Wow! Thank you Yvonne. I will go and check it out. You are so sweet! 😊 Thank you so much for your kind comment.πŸ’œπŸ’œ xxx
Leanne said…
Thanks for the tips when it comes to pain i am looking for anything at the moment to help me with pain after recently being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. 😊
Thank you for your very kind comment! πŸ’œπŸ’œI have Fibromyalgia too, I also suffer with neuralgia because of my nervous system disorder. I can sympathise with you totally lovely. Pain is hard, sometimes it’s best to take your mind off it a bit. 😊🌸xxx
Suktara said…
Some wonderful tips here, even for those who do not have chronic pain. I will certainly use some of these when I am down dealing with the hormones. On a separate note, I love the way you mention Gareth, it's just too cute. Stay well and warm.❤️
Thank you for your kind comment! ♥️♥️ I am glad they are helpful, even for people who don’t suffer chronic pain. They are great techniques for most things to be honest. Such as dealing with hormones. Hormones suck! Especially that one week a month! Hehe, yeah I love Gareth and he is a massive part of my life. Stay well, and happy! ♥️
Deanna Starckey said…
Hope your beginning to feel better. Such an inspirational post. Lots of love ❤

Thank you for the kind comment Deanna! πŸ’œπŸ’œ Thank you for saying I am an inspiration! ! Lots of love πŸ’–
Bandia Blog said…
I have fibromyalgia, recently diagnosed so I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with it, mentally and physically. I'm definitely going to try the points you mentioned. Thank you x

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