A Little About Me
I’m 28 and have various chronic/invisible illnesses such as –
- Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
- Idiopathic International Hypertension aka IIH
- Gastric Dumping Syndrome
- Chronic Migraines
Those are just a few things I’m dealing with and YES they cause horrific pain. Pain can impact your life in many ways from getting out of bed in the morning to cooking your kids a meal. It also effects your mental health, I mean being in constant pain can be draining!! Some days I cant get out of bed, others I can just about get dressed and leave the house. Being a mum of 2 can be challenging but I’m lucky to have an amazing husband and great parents there helping make things that bit easier for me.
Managing The Pain
Managing chronic pain can be tricky. Taking medications can be damaging on our bodies long term, but what choice do we have right?! But then there’s the side effects too, Nausea, withdrawls, fatigue. It’s like we fix one thing to cause another am I right?
Over the year’s I’ve tried what feels like pretty much every single form of treatment, medication, cream imaginable to try and cope with the pain. Not all of them work, infact most of them haven’t. Sometimes though I just want to try anything other than taking more morphine and this is the reason for this post. I wanted to share some things I’ve tried that help me get by each day when I just don’t want to go straight for more meds.
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This my main go to method to help ease my pain. Wheat bags are essentially a bean bag that can be put in the microwave and heated up and placed on any part of your body that you feel pain. Below I’ve shown 2 options, a lavender scented one and a non-scented one. I personally use lavender ones as the scent is known for calming and relaxing so I find it helps me that little bit more!! I have about 4 or 5 of these myself and they are really cheap!!
Epsom Salts have been used for 100’s of years to help relieve pain!! The magnesium in Epsom Salt can be absorbed through the skin, increasing magnesium levels in the body. This can reduce swelling and pain related to inflammation. I like to run a hot bath and put around 3/4 of a cup into the water and have a good soak. Bare in mind this can make you quite relaxed/tierd afterwards so its best at night time before bed!!
There are so many different gel’s out there! They have anti-inflammation ones, cooling ones, heat ones. These help get me through the day when I don’t want to take constant painkillers and work by rubbing the gel directly onto the area of need. Below are some I’ve tried and find work best!!
I really hope you find some of these helpful!! Living with chronic pain is awfull and sometimes unbareable!! If you try these let me know how you get on with them, or if you have any of your own methods please let me know!!
Much Love – Mrs Slee-Jones xx