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Don’t Let Pain Overtake You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Only a couple of years ago, a patient who suddenly found herself confronted with chronic pain, had quickly showed a strong willingness and commitment to stay positive despite this sudden change in her health. Coordinated with the care she started receiving from our pain specialists, the patient also believed that straightforward changes in her daily life would help. Quickly expelling conspicuous stressors from her life including poor dietary habits coupled with long troubling days at work and no time for exercise, it wasn’t long before her pain levels had decreased. Today she imparts her story to many, while she maintains a quality life where pain no longer controls her thoughts.

We understand the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unpleasant. Dread and tension over the virus can be overpowering and cause strong feelings that potentially bring about a worsening of physical symptoms or a compounding of difficult emotions. Adapting to these COVID-19 times in the correct way will help you, and the individuals you care about, feel more confident.

How Worry Can Present Itself:  

  • Feeling socially disconnected
  • Poor changes in your eating habits or irregular consumption of unhealthy foods
  • Difficulty resting or focusing
  • Worsening of medical issues, or intense and incessant pain
  • Worsening of psychological wellness

Research has indicated that a healthy release of difficult thoughts and bodily tensions can lessen the hyperactivity of the nerve framework responsible for pain.

How to Put Fears at Rest:

  • Step away from constantly tuning into current Coronavirus reports, repeated listening can be upsetting
  • Talk with individuals you trust about your interests and how you are feeling
  • Create a private and peaceful space in the home where you can read or listen to music
  • Let go of negative thoughts by quickly recognizing their detriment to your well-being, there’s always something positive to think about

How to Maintain Optimum Physical Health:

  • Try to eat healthy, balanced meals
  • Avoid liquor and tobacco
  • Exercise regularly, even if it means gardening in the back yard or short walks around your neighborhood block while maintaining social distancing
  • Stretch often to help keep body parts flexible and to maintain a proper range of motion
  • Pace yourself while taking on large projects around the home, working too hard could invite exhaustion which could lead to exaggerated feelings of pain
  • Get a lot of rest, and in the event that you wake, abstain from staring at your phone for the rest of the night which makes it harder to fall back to sleep

Tips to Deal with Pain While at Home:

  • Try a hot shower or bath for some calming effects on the body
  • Warm up aching joints using an electric heating pad set on low
  • Use of cold packs can help mitigate inflammation (don’t have a cold pack, try wrapping a soft cloth around a frozen bag of vegetables)
  • Try self-message to relieve tension and help re-ignite your energy levels
  • When experiencing a severe migraine, try wearing sunglasses since your eyes may be sensitive to light