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Five Changes That Will Make Living With Chronic Pain Easier

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Pain can be excruciating mentally and physically for anyone living with chronic pain. Here are some tips to help make life easier. You can take charge of your life by using simple things like arranging your home, finding the right High Society Dispensary, your car, or your computer, working to understand your pain, researching pain management options, and attending to your emotional needs.

Home Modifications

Taking care of your home can be a challenge when you are living with chronic pain.  If you want to make your daily activities a little easier and less stressful, just place things that you use every day in places that you will have easy access, and rearrange your closets, cabinets, and shelves in a way that makes everyday activities a little easier.

Modify Your Car

When you drive, avoid adding stress and strain to your chronic pain. By adjusting the seat so your feet can comfortably reach the pedals, you can improve your pain management plan. By adjusting the seat’s lumbar support to hug your lower back as you sit, you can significantly reduce pain. When a car seat doesn’t provide adequate support, a lumbar support cushion can be purchased.

Make Your Workstation Comfortable For You

Chronic pain can be exacerbated by working at a computer if your workstation isn’t ergonomic. Make sure your computer monitor is at or just below eye-level when seated and that your chair height allows you to rest your feet flat on the floor. Additionally, you should use an articulated keyboard and mouse on a tray that slides out, and while you are using the keyboard, ensure your wrists are relaxed and aren’t bent backward. If you are working at a computer, you should take breaks so you can stretch, move around, and rest your eyes and hands.

Look For Emotional Support

Your emotional well-being and relationships can be greatly impacted by chronic pain. Be open with your family and friends about how you are feeling and your condition. You can benefit both yourself and loved ones by asking for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Support groups online or offline, as well as discussing your feelings with your pain team, can also help you manage your pain.

Take Control and Get Active

If you suffer from chronic pain, consider keeping a journal. By keeping detailed notes, you can help your team determine which factors make your pain worse or better, how long it usually lasts, whether the pain medication is effective, and possible side effects. Gentle exercise may also help you manage your pain – with the consent of your doctor. Find out what exercises are right for you by asking your doctor.

Don’t Let It Define You

Despite knowing your limits, it is also important not to let chronic pain overshadow your life in any way. Check out ergonomic gardening tools if you suffer from arthritis, as well as ways to modify your hobbies. Learning a new hobby and getting to know new people can be beneficial in pain management. Although difficult, remember that you are more than your pain, particularly at times of flare-ups.

Although it is difficult and challenging to love with chronic pain, there are some ways you can help yourself to live with it and still enjoy a fulfilling life. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share some of them in the comments below. 

Heather Brummett

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