July 2010

This article is part of the “Newsletter Series”, articles taken from the Premier Homecare Services’ quarterly newsletter archives. The quarterly newsletters have been produced since Premier Homecare Services’ first year of business, back in 2005.

About 1 in 10 Canadians suffers from chronic pain, affecting both sexes and is most common from middle age onwards. The following are some tips and information on how to cope with chronic pain symptoms.

Psychology works for chronic pain sufferers

Psychologists help people with chronic pain recover their strength and sense of self, improve quality of lives, in spite of the pain. In non-direct ways, chronic pain may affect personal relationships, so family or marital therapy may also be of benefit.

2006-03-26_GenerationBuild your personal skills set

Time management, goal setting, stress management, sleep hygiene and even learning how to be assertive can all benefit your mental well-being when coping with pain.

Learn how to relax

Learning how to relax is also a skill. When you can enjoy a fulfilling hobby that takes your mind away from the pain, you are giving your body and nerves a chance to rest. Find hobbies that don’t increase the pain, that are suitable and enjoyable.

Acupuncture evidences it is helpful
for chronic pain sufferers

Strong evidence from various medical studies suggests acupuncture helps those suffering from chronic pain. The process may stimulate the body’s own natural pain-killers and the immune system.

Remain as active as possible despite pain

Despite the pain, your body still needs exercise in order to remain healthy and vital. Try visiting a physical therapist for exercises which may help you stay fit but which won’t inflame your pain.

Find a supportive and cooperative team
of health professionals

Chronic pain can often confuse and frustrate not only you, but your health care providers as well. Current research is helping us advance our understanding of chronic pain and it’s management. If you feel your health care professional is not taking your needs seriously, consider visiting someone else for a second opinion.

Consider drug therapy

Chances are if you’re a chronic pain sufferer you are already on medication. Learn the risks associated with their long-term usage, and stay on top of new medical options. Talk to your health professional should you have any questions.

Nutritional support is important
for your overall health

The health of your entire body needs support and strength. Feeding yourself with whole, balanced and nutrient rich foods is of utmost importance. We are what we eat – not only physically, but mentally and otherwise. Choose your foods carefully and find pleasure in what you eat.

Speak with your friends, family and
co-workers about how you are feeling

Having the support of those around you can make a world of difference. How will they know what you are really experiencing if you don’t tell them? Sharing your situation can ease your mental burden and may help them to understand what is happening to you. You should never feel that pain is your problem. Your loved ones should want to share in your life with you.


Other Blog Articles in
the “Newsletter Series”:

Communicating with Home Care Agencies (Apr.22, 2010)
Shaping Cultural Views towards Dying and Grief (Feb. 25, 2010)
Coming Home after Hospitalization: What to Expect (Dec. 3, 2010)