A Guide to Living with Chronic Pain
Information and Resources for People Newly Diagnosed
Guest Post By Stephanie Haywood from mylifeboost.com
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, you may be feeling overwhelmed and scared. You may not know where to turn for information and support. This Stacy Reuille-Dupont guide is meant to provide you with resources and advice on how to safely manage your symptoms.
Start living with chronic pain as comfortably as possible.
Change Your Life
Sometimes, simple lifestyle changes can do wonders for relieving chronic pain and improving one’s daily life.
- Incorporate nutritious foods in your diet that reduce inflammation and give you more energy throughout the day.
- Create a fitness routine centered around movements that won’t exacerbate your pain.
- Add de-stressing activities to your weekly or daily routine.
● Develop a nightly routine that helps you unwind, fall asleep, and sleep restfully through the night.
Modify Your Home
Consider simple home improvements that could help you manage your condition and raise your quality of life.
- Install handrails in your bathroom and by your bed to make it easier to get around.
- Put a nonslip mat in your shower or tub.
- Arrange your furniture so you can easily access the things you use most often.
- Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows to help with back pain and improve your sleep.
- Add air-purifying house plants and ensure your HVAC stays in good repair. You can quickly find local HVAC contractors using a home service marketplace.
Take Control of Your Treatment Plan
Working with your healthcare team, you can develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and helps you manage your chronic pain.
- Keep a pain journal to track your symptoms and how well different treatments work for you.
- Speak up if you feel like your current treatment plan is not working.
- Find a support group or counselor to talk to about your condition.
- Check out our current and upcoming groups >> Behavior Groups
A chronic pain diagnosis can be shocking. And while there’s no magic pill to end all of your challenges, you can live a full and active life with the right information and support. I hope these resources help you on your journey of living with chronic pain!
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