I would lke to welcome you to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well also. I am so glad that you found us.
What helps me is coming on here and reading the posts of others. It's like having a meeting in your living room of dear friends who actually understand your pain and sympathize with you. That's a great feeling and support always makes me feel better.
I like to get caught up in a movie on TV or play a DVD. One time I had a bad reaction to a new medication and it kept me up for twenty-four hours and I was in pain. I put on a movie and though I had to keep changing my position to try to find comfort, the movie took my mind off the pain somewhat.
A hot bath gives me relief for about
thirty minutes to an hour too. It's what I call a quick fix.
Complaining to my husband helps me too. I don't know why, but getting it out into the
open relieves a little of my pain. Oh a lot of folks feel that it is burdening your partner. Not me. We have been together 42 years and we share our pain with one another. I feel it brings us closer. So keep that in mind.
Tammy mentioned playing with her puppy. That works! I play with my four year old granddaughter every day and she sure brightens up my day. Can't be too miserable when you have God's gift sitting on your lap, be it a granddaughter or a puppy. I hear you have a cat, there you go!!!
Hope some of these suggestions have helped. Please keep posting and coming on here and don't forget the chat rooms too. There is always someone nearby who will be glad to help or at least listen to you and sympathize.
Moderator Chronic Pain
Believe in yourself. Be kind to fellow humans and animals. Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help. I will be there.