Managing Chronic Pain

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Do you suffer from chronic pain or fibromyalgia? Don’t let this disability control you; learning coping mechanisms for dealing with chronic pain will help you live a normal and productive life. Chronic pain sufferers often feel joint and muscle pain almost every day for over 6 months, and their general quality of life will go down because of this debilitating condition.

Tips for Managing Chronic Pain

1. Reduce Stress

By managing the anxiety in your life and eliminating possible stressors, you will see a reduction of the physical symptoms manifesting themselves due to your stress

2. Practice Yoga

Many people suffering with chronic pain, anxiety, or fibromyalgia use yoga to relax and rehabilitate them. Not only will you be stretching your muscles and getting a good workout, you’ll be accompanying it with deep breathing exercises necessary to keep a peaceful state of mind

3. Avoid Mind-Altering Substances

Do not consume any alcohol, nicotine, or recreational drugs. While they may seem to help temporarily, drugs and alcohol can often increase and worsen symptoms of chronic pain disorder over time

4. Keep a Journal

For at least a week, keep a journal record of what you’re doing, eating, and thinking about every hour. Note what your pain level is and where you’re feeling it the most. Recognizing what triggers may be causing your pain can help you eliminate the behavior

5. Find What Works

After your journal exercise, also note what activities made you feel better or pain free. Maybe stretching every morning is the key to your body; maybe getting weekly massages is. Finding out what types of therapy your body responds to will help you get on a routine and manage your chronic pain


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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