Hello and welcome to day 27 of Blogtober. Todays post is a guest post from the amazing Ali of Notebooks and Glasses. Ali is sharing what she carries to help manage her chronic pain.
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I’m delighted to be featuring as a guest blogger for nicolajogston.com. Nicola and I met through our blogs and we both suffer from chronic pain. I write about my life with chronic pain at Notebooks and Glasses. Although I have reluctantly had to give up on my Blogtober challenge this year, I still wanted to write and submit my post for Nicola’s blog.
Thank you for having me – and congratulations on your own Blogtober challenge. I am really enjoying reading your posts.
Having chronic pain is challenging. At home, everything is to hand and I am comfortable and settled in my safe environment. When I go out I have to make sure I can cope as best I can, and should my pain flare up, I need to feel in control and do what I can to help myself.
So here are the things I try and carry with me to help manage my chronic pain:
- A selection of tablets: No tablets stop or help ease my coccyx pain. I do carry ibuprofen and paracetamol with me for my neck pain though. I generally have to take 2 of each to get the pain under control. I also have Rennie or Gaviscon to help prevent my hiatus hernia pains, and some Kalms when I’m feeling more anxious than normal.
- Headphones: For me, distraction is a good way to help manage my pain. I use my headphones in my phone when I’m out walking so I can chat to someone on the phone as comfy as possible, but also to listen to music or a Podcast.
- Sweets: Usually Gin Gins gingers, liquorice or mints. I find these can help settle my stomach if I’m feeling anxious or help me manage my IBS and hiatus hernia pains.
- A drink: Usually some juice in my SHO bottle, handy to have when I need to take some tablets.
- Kindle: I don’t like to drain my phone battery so carry this too as it’s very light and slim. Again, reading is a good distraction technique.
- My embarrassing cushion: Although it won’t fit in my bag, I do have my coccyx cut-out cushion with me – in the car, or when I’m feeling brave, I take it with me when I go out for dinner, or places like the cinema so I can enjoy myself as much as I can. It never stops my pain, just makes it that little more bearable, or sometimes means I can sit for a little longer before the pain kicks in really bad.
Thank you so much to Ali for agreeing to be todays guest blogger, be sure to check out all of her links.