Over the years I’ve learnt little tricks to help with pain relief. So here’s my tips.
1. Magnets. Tiny little magnets on plasters you can stick on your body where it hurts, it’s meant to increase blood flow and ease pain and tension in muscles. Whether it works as a placebo or not, I don’t care, they work! If you’re allergic to plasters (band aids) then use surgical tape (micropore). You can reuse the magnets in this way too. Go for the strongest gauss you can afford. Be careful you don’t put prolonged contact with heat on where the magnets are, you can get a burn.
2. Heat packs (wheat packs or similar) and hot water bottles. Have plenty on standby and use as much as you want, just be careful of burns.
3. Ice, use first if there’s inflammation, then use heat.
4. Perskindol active gel. All natural pain relief, this little beauty really works within minutes. Be prepared to be amazed! Steal, beg and borrow to get your hands on some (I believe it’s only available in the UK, some pharmacy sites will ship to other countries). DON’T use heat after you’ve applied it or you’ll end up with a nasty burn.
5. Leg pains? Lay on your back on the bed and put your legs against the headboard/wall for half an hour.
6. Lower back pain, MBT’s/Fit Flop shoes help.
7. Back pain and can’t get comfortable? Lay on your side and hunch your top half over, bringing your arms into your chest, it eases tension. Also stand in front of a wall, feet further back and press your hands on the wall whilst bending over with your head down, also try gently stretching backwards too.
8. I find memory foam mattress toppers to make my Ehlers-Danlos and chostochondritis MUCH worse. By moulding to your body you move much less during the night which increases stiffness and pain with EDS. Feather bed mattress toppers or microfibre toppers are much more comfortable, I also use a folded duvet to lay on as well for more padding. As for beds, orthopaedic just means very hard! This is no good for me, a very soft bed with lots of ‘give’ in the springs are much better (open coil springs at 13.5-15 gauge).
9. Millet filled pillows, can be adjusted to suit you, give great support and is much softer than buckwheat or memory foam.
10. Self-hypnosis Cd’s/mp3′s. especially those by Glenn Harrold. Helps relax you, get you to sleep and ease some pain as a result of muscle tension.
11.Distraction, a good book or something that takes your focus off the pain can help.
12. Pure lavender essential oil. I use loads of this, it works as a natural pain reliever and helps with tense, painful muscles. I put it on neat, you can also use 20 drops in a bath for relaxation, muscle soother and to help you sleep after.
13, If you have cold hands as a result of Raynauds or bad circulation or pains in hands, get some usb heated gloves for working on the computer.