I love this topic today!
Like others it depends on the pain that I am experiencing. I always call on my fiance anytime it is unbearable, because he has the driest wit and can have me in giggles. That always helps.
For the bad pain that makes walking a struggle, I grab a heating pad or hot water bottle, curl up with my dogs on the couch or recliner and either read, or crochet. Sometimes I can focus on the TV, but mostly creating something, either a scarf, afghan or sweater, or even the scene from my book in my mind is distraction enough to make things better. Foor those who have rheumatoid arthritis this isnt always possible, so I use my hands for as long as possible. I have a mild case.
For the paind that is debilitating. I lay in bed with hot water bottle and heating pad and soothing ocean or water sounds like rain and streams. Usually I light a candle of lavender or clean scents and meditate. I will think of my pain, imagine a soap bubble engulfing it and use a deep breath to blow it up to God. Or, if I am feeling particularly angry or frustrated, I enjoy popping them in my mind. It is like giving the pain to God, or using my mind to eliminate the way it makes me feel helpless and out of control of my body. Cheesy I know.
Still a good thread. Some wonderful ideas to try too!
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw
Pelvic adhesive disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, SI joint pain, 7 pelvic surgeries for pain, ovarian cysts, adhesions, and a kidney stone! Wait, future medial transcript
ionist I must say ureteral calculus!