1. Pain killers Medication
If the pain is disrupting your normal way of life, and interfering with your thinking and concentration, it is important to use pain killers medications to help control the pain. Using medications does not mean that you will become dependent on them. While you should not take medications at the slightest hint of pain, do not wait until the pain is completely disabling. Use your discretion and know when the pain is getting too much for you to handle on
If the medication prescribed by your doctor is not effective or has too many side effects, do not hesitate to ask your doctor to prescribe a different medication. It is your right to receive medication that is appropriate for you.
2. Relaxation Techniques
Constant pain can stress your body even if you are taking medication to control the pain. Using other pain-relieving methods such as massages, aromatherapy and warm baths can help you feel better physically and mentally. These methods will also give you greater control over managing your pain without complete dependency on medications alone.
Simple breathing exercises can also help give your body more energy to handle the pain. Normal breathing is shallow and does not clear your lungs fully. Take breaths slowly and deeply, and release breaths slowly. This will clear your lungs of “used air” and fill them with fresh air, giving your body the maximum amount of oxygen.
3. Engage the Mind
Distracting yourself from the pain can also help you manage it. Non-strenuous activities like reading books, listening to soothing music or taking a stroll in the park will engage your senses in something else and draw your attention away from the pain.
Speak to your family and friends about positive things, and strengthen your bond with them while relieving yourself of some pain. Cheerful thoughts and laughter may release endorphins in your body which may act as a natural buffer for pain.
4. Avoid Stress
Just as happiness can reduce pain, stress and anger can amplify pain. So, try to avoid situations where you might have to argue with someone or listen to someone talking about stress-inducing topics.
It is also vital to your mental health to minimize self-pity. The pain and symptoms in your body may constantly remind you of your situation and prompt you to fall into bouts of sadness, but you need to bring yourself to accept the situation. While constant moping will only worsen your condition and create a destructive cycle, acceptance can lead to better quality of life.