September is Chronic Pain Awareness month,
Ironically, as I was in the process of writing this blog I had a musculoskeletal pain flare up!
A flare up is a sudden onset of symptoms that can last from several hours to a day to even a week or so.
Musculoskeletal pain effects the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons and can be localised (in one place e.g. lower back) or widespread (in several places). Personally, I am presented with widespread musculoskeletal pain in my shoulders, elbows, knees and lower back.
Everyone experiences pain differently.
Here's my top tips:
At Work (Office Based)
Here's some tips from our Chronically Fit Group Members:
Meditation, trying to keep myself positive and being grateful for what I can still do
My pain I handle differently depending on the day. On non working days with little activity I try to take naps, showers and heat pads to take away joint and muscle pain. On working days I take painkillers to make it through and I also nap in the office at lunch.
Mindfulness, sleep and exercise
I have ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, so I get severe pain in my intestines including extreme cramping, bloating, and stabbing sensations. The best method I've found to reduce this pain is heat. Whether it's drawing a steaming bath, pressing a hot water bottle against my stomach, or sitting in the warmth of direct sunlight for as long as I can, the heat reduces the pain and helps me de-stress.