Chronic pain is an associated symptom of thousands of different health conditions for a variety of reasons, and it affects millions of people across the world every year.
If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you are experiencing chronic pain in some form or another. It’s also likely that you’re looking for a better, easier way to deal with your pain on a day-to-day basis.
Experiencing any kind of chronic pain is often overwhelming, and it can be associated with other health conditions like depression and insomnia as a result of having to deal with pain. It can also mean having to take a considerable amount of time off work, usually more than one can afford to.
There are ways to make chronic pain more manageable and gain a better quality of life.
Here are 8 coping tips for living a little easier with chronic pain and the conditions that cause it.
1. Keep a Diary of Events
If you have chronic pain or any related health condition which causes it, there is very good reason why you should start to keep a diary of events. This can be useful to you in order to establish things that trigger chronic pain or make it worse, and it can also end up being useful for your doctor, too – giving your doctor access to your diary of events can help them find ways to make your pain easier to manage.
In your diary of events, make sure you keep detailed notes on things like the kind of pain you’re experiencing and where. Also note the time and date the pain happened, as well as what you were doing before or after the pain occurred. For some conditions where diet is a factor, you will also want to note what you have been consuming along with the time and date along with everything else.