10 Daily Habits to Reduce Chronic Pain
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Andie_WebMD_Staff posted:
It's a Catch-22: You're hurting, so you don't exercise; but without exercise, you may lose muscle tone and strength, making pain worse. Fortunately, even mild exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good brain chemicals that lift mood and block pain.

Check out this Slideshow: 10 Daily Habits to Reduce Chronic Pain for a few ideas that may help.

Have you incorporated a little exercise into your schedule to help with pain? What other ways have you found to reduce chronic pain? Please share your best tips with us below.
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Lupylisa44 responded:
Everytime I try to exercise, I end up hurting something!!! Something as simple as a walk ends up killing me later in the day! 3-5 lb dumbells: hurt my shoulder and had to get PT. Walking: twisted my ankle/knee. stretching: pulled knee and hip out of socket (stretchy cartilage and ligaments) sit ups: fuggedaboudit!!! meditate? I get distracted! (it says to meditate and get distracted, so I guess I am doing something right, LOL!

Lupylisa

ps going to a new doctor nest week to see if I can do something to make my cartilage and ligaments more sturdy!



what's a woman to do?
With love, with patience and with faith, we'll make our way.
 
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lisaisweavebee responded:
What other ways have I found to reduce chronic pain??? Why, you can buy relief!! (didn't you know that??)...it's sold in lots of stores...it comes in a tall bottle marked "Tequila"...all you have to do is add ice, strawberries, triple sec and sweet & sour mix in a blender and hit "blend"...and in just seconds you have instant relief. I find it actually works quicker if I add some nachos with it!!

Exercising is so over rated. :^)

Lisa
 
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renalupie1 responded:
I have FINALLY gotten back to the gym.

The brace for my foot that the doctor designed for me is a godsend. It is literally holding my foot together and allowing me to walk on the treadmill. This is something I have never been able to do before. I have been fortunate to walk a block or two. Now, I can do alot more and it feels good! Been doing the arm machines and it is helping with the knots from fibromyalgia. Keep the weight light at first, working my way up.

Rena
 
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Lupylisa44 replied to lisaisweavebee's response:
...actually, it works better if you just do a shot!!! lol!!!

salt hand...lick...slam...bite (lime)

or go hardcore and slam it straight!!! (that's how I roll)

lupylisa
With love, with patience and with faith, we'll make our way.
 
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Andie_WebMD_Staff replied to lisaisweavebee's response:
I love you, Lisa!!! You're my type of fitness fanatic.

But seriously...they say a little oil quiets the squeak in most things. Maybe just a couple (say 5 minutes) of some joint working moves may help.

Just try it BEFORE partaking in those tasty margaritas so you don't do anything crazy!! LOL
 
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Andie_WebMD_Staff replied to Lupylisa44's response:
Apparently both Lisa's are party girls. LOL

We just need to come up with a move that incorporates slamming shots. Hmmmm....

How about: Pour, squat, lick, slam, jump, bite, squat.

Now there's a workout I could get used to.

(Disclosure: This is not an actual exercise move and I'm just kidding...plz don't try this at home! LOL)
 
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Andie_WebMD_Staff replied to renalupie1's response:
Hi Rena,

So glad to hear your foot brace is helping out so much! Since you've started walking more, have you noticed any improvement in your chronic pain?

Keep up the great work. Proud of you!!

Andie
 
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Lupylisa44 replied to Andie_WebMD_Staff's response:
how about the 12 oz curl? (works with a bottle of beer or a really big magarita!!! LOL!
With love, with patience and with faith, we'll make our way.
 
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lisaisweavebee replied to Lupylisa44's response:
LOL....we have got to meet!

lisa
 
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lisaisweavebee replied to Andie_WebMD_Staff's response:
I bet you could make money selling that kind of "fitness" workout...you might want to trademark that idea!! lol

Lisa
 
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livingwithlupusfor37years replied to renalupie1's response:
I so agree with you. The gym is the way to go. About 3-4 yrs ago, I was going to the gym and working out 5-6 days/week. I used the elipticals, the stationary bike, some of the machines, but I liked the free weights the best. I was there so much they offered me a part time job and I took it. I was in heaven! Although I know it can be bad for us lupies, I used the tanning bed before I would workout to help ease and loosen up my achy muscles. Then I began to notice dark coloted urine and some ? weakness. Bloodwork revealed elevated muscle enzymes and my life has not been the same since. Read my recent post "overlap syndrome-negative enzymes" for the whole story. I had to quit exercising and I had to quit my job. I was so addicted to the gym. I would love to go again, but now I am so scared. Anyway,by all means exercising does help to relieve chronic pain and of course it helps with weight loss. I actually weighed less then than I did in high school.
So keep up the good work, and cudos to you for not giving up. I just hope that I can get that brave again in the real near future. Way to go!
 
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pugpuppy responded:
Yes this was very helpful! I am drinking the wrong kind of drink!!!! lol
hugs to all
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. Victor Kiam
 
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Andie_WebMD_Staff replied to pugpuppy's response:
Hi Pugpuppy,

We joke about the tequila and alcohol because sometimes it does just feel good to say "forget it! I'm done trying to work at this", but in truth, alcohol is one of the worst ways to feel better. (As much as I hate to say it sometimes)

You need a good night's sleep to help soothe the stresses pain puts on your body. Although alcohol can help you fall asleep, as it metabolizes, it promotes shallow sleep, reduces important REM sleep, and may even wake you. The result: A less restful night.

And, a less restful night ends up in more pain and just overall yucky feeling the next day.
 
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Andie_WebMD_Staff replied to livingwithlupusfor37years's response:
Hi Rena,

Were the elevated muscle enzymes caused by doing too much exercise? What did your doctor say?

If exercise is not something that's possible, this slideshow offers other tips too, like meditating, scheduling relaxation time, and eating healthy.

Another way to keep your body strong is to eat a well-balanced diet. Eating right improves blood sugar, helps maintain weight, reduces heart disease risk, and aids digestion.

What other ways have you found to help reduce chronic pain since you stopped going to the gym?