Living with Pain
I have lived with relatives who suffer from chronic pain. I’ve seen firsthand the challenges of living with pain. It’s something I wish no one had to deal with and yet so many people do. More than 76 million Americans live with chronic pain everyday. That number blows me away.
And the winter months can mean increased pain for many of those who suffer. Colder temperatures, icy ground, and activities such as shoveling snow can trigger aches and pains. But 2 out of 5 people admit that if they were in pain during the holidays they would wait to get help. Waiting can lead to even more pain.
But pain does not have to ruin the holiday season and managing pain is not a one size fits all diagnosis at all.
Last week I participated in an online chat with Dr. Jennifer Caudle from the American Osteopathic Association. We discussed a wide range of topics including tips for living with chronic pain.
Tips for Living with Chronic Pain
- Find a doctor you can trust and that you feel is listening to you.
- Multiple doctor visits can be expensive. Talk to your doctor about what you can afford and find a doctor who is willing to respect you.
- Pain medication is not always the answer. There are a variety of treatment options including physical therapy, aqua therapy, ultrasound, and aerobic exercises.
- It’s important to have a healthy body and a healthy mind. Stress can impact your physical condition as well as your emotions.
- Pushing through the pain is not always the best decision. Sometimes it can be a problem. Talk to your doctor!
Does someone in your life live with chronic pain?
Formula Mom Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was compensated for my participation. However all experiences and opinions are 100% my own.