One thing that we do not talk enough about on this forum are non pharmacological ways to help us cope with our pains, long difficult nights, and points when we get ready to throw in the towel. I am sure most of you are like me and try not to complain to those around us, as they have so much on their plate too. So we are forced to cope with things by ourselves. One thing that I was introduce to that has made a wealth of difference is Meditation and Relaxation CD's. When I am in bed or laying on the couch and my pain level is horrific, I have found these types of CD's in your walkman or MP3 player are fantastic. They teach you appropriate breathing, stress reduction, visualization, affirmations, etc. When these were first recommended to me in a pain rehabilitation class, I shruffed them off, thinking how could these help with my pain. I might as well listen to Barney and Big Bird sing. They absolutely do help. They are wonderful when you are laying in bed, tossing and turning. They help you refocus your mind off you pain and the hopeless of it all. I find them comforting and uplifting. I am sure they are not for everyone, but please give them a try. Many libraries have some that you can try out before you decide to purchase a few. This will give you an idea of what they are like and what appeals to you. If you decide you like them, Amazon has a wide variety a good prices and free shipping. Many of times they have gotten me thru a difficult period when I wanted to grab another BT pain pill - but it was not time. There are tapes custom designed for pain, relaxation, meditation, sleeping, etc.
They are just another tool that works for me. I wish someone had introduced them to me years go.
Rare neurodegenerative disease called “Multiple System Atrophy”. Wheelchair, O2, & Bipap, intrathecal pump, Neurostimulator, dystonia, neuropathic pain and spasticity.