So you have a great day. You feel human. You do what you want to do. Then the day after comes. For most people that might mean a few sore muscles or maybe a little more tired than normal. But for someone with chronic pain the day after and usually the night of is miserable.
Here’s a few tips for surviving the day after:
1. Plan for it. If you know you’re going to have a big day, plan a day or two afterwards to take it easy.
2. Take Your Meds. Take whatever medication you need to get through the day. Don’t feel bad for taking what you need.
3. Sleep or Rest. I find that painsomnia is one of my worst enemies after a big day. I’m exhausted but in so much pain I can’t sleep. So if you can take naps or rest whenever you can.
4. Epsom Salt Bath. A warm bubble bath is wonderful regardless of how you’re feeling, but when you’re in a lot of pain, a warm bath becomes nearly essential. Add a cup of Epsom salt to help with nerve and muscle pain.
5. Pain Cream. I can’t survive without a good pain relieving cream. I prefer natural creams. The local person that I used to buy my cream for had stopped making them. I’m currently looking for a new cream and welcome any recommendations.,
6. Essential Oils. I’m an EO fan. I don’t think they solve every problem but they help me with relaxation and pain management. Diffusing relaxing blends not only smells good, but also helps keep you from tightening up from stress and pain. And topically, there are great oils for pain that I swear by.
7. Drink Water. I know you hear it over and over, but it’s true. We need to be drinking a minimum of 64 oz water a day but as most of us take medicine that dehydrates us, try for more.