Monday, August 27, 2007

Viv's tips: Take control of your pain

We are the only ones that can take control of our health. People living with a chronic illness might want to consider the following tips:

1). Decrease Infections

Our immune systems may sometimes be worn down due to sleep deprivation. Common colds and infections are harder on people with chronic illnesses. These new infections tend to place additional stress on our immune system, then it causes our symptoms to get worse. Practicing good hygiene, a healthy diet, and pacing ourselves to minimize our chances of developing additional medical problems.

2). Breathing Correctly

Breathing shallow may cause you to starve your body and its muscles of oxygen. Many articles have been written noting the lack of oxygen actually caused tender points and increased pain associated with fibromyalgia and fatigue. When you breathe your abdomen should expand while inhaling, and contract while exhaling.

3). Maintain Good Posture

Poor posture can cause muscle stiffness and muscle pain. Checking your posture during your day while sitting, standing or walking will help reduce pain and relax muscles. No slouching, shoulders rolled forward, or head forward helps maintain good posture.

4). Lifestyle Changes Can Help

Unfortunately, we have to make lifestyle changes due to our health challenges and disorders. We are unable to continue with our usual day-to-day activities and need to change and prioritize them.

5). Decreasing your Symptoms:

a. Do not stay up late or get up too early. Go to bed and wake up at the same time if possible.

b. Pace yourself and try not to use up all of your energy. Pacing is very important.

c. Drink plenty of water however, try to slow down your consumption prior to bedtime.

d. Eliminate or cut down alcohol and caffeine drinks.

e. PACE...PACE....PACE. Please PACE yourself.

I pray and hope you have a pain and fatigue free day:)


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