According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, approximately 100 million Americans suffer from some from some form of chronic pain such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. That’s nearly one-third of all Americans who need some ways to manage chronic pain.
That’s a staggering number.
In one sense, it’s almost comforting to know that, as someone who suffers from chronic pain, you’re not alone. On the other hand, that is a staggering number of people who suffer from some form of chronic pain.
This video offers a few ways to manage chronic pain:
Find a physical activity you can do
Ask for help if you need it
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. This one can be hard, as people can be really hateful towards people with fibromyalgia. But if you have someone in your life who isn’t hateful, don’t be shy. They love you.
Focus on what you can control
This is a hard one, but it really helps. Remember, it’s not your fault that you have a chronic pain disorder. It’s out of your control. Be kind to yourself. Plan ahead when you can, and learn what triggers flare-ups so you can try to avoid them.
Trick your brain
This doesn’t mean that you can just decide to not be in pain. But there are some techniques for reducing anxiety and depression and helping yourself stay positive. Meditation is one way. There is also cognitive behavior therapy is another.
Some of these techniques may sound simple. You might even find them stupid. But the science backs them up.
Do you have any ways to manage chronic pain that you really love? Let us know about them in the comments.