• what can I get for the pain don't like taking painkillers

    Asked by londa1969 on Friday, November 27, 2015

    what can I get for the pain don't like taking painkillers

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    • jhale17's Avatar
      jhale17

      Lifestyle and home remedies
      By Mayo Clinic Staff

      Controlling Your Arthritis
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      • Weight loss. If you're obese, losing weight will reduce the stress on your weight-bearing joints. This may increase your mobility and limit future joint injury.
      • Exercise. Regular exercise can help keep your joints flexible. Swimming and water aerobics may be good choices because the buoyancy of the water reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
      • Heat and cold. Heating pads or ice packs may help relieve arthritis pain.
      • Assistive devices. Using canes, walkers, raised toilet seats and other assistive devices can help protect your joints and improve your ability to perform daily tasks.

      http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20034095

      over 3 years ago
    • londa1969's Avatar
      londa1969

      I'm exercising more than I used to and digital therapy ,muscle rub

      over 3 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      Sometimes I use a guided meditation to focus on something other than pain and go to sleep. Gentle exercises like walking and yoga can restore mobility to your joints and make them far less stiff and achy. I use compression gloves on my hands and sometimes a hot pack, to reduce pain. There may be an arthritis management class near you where you can get some good tips. You might ask your doctor's office.

      over 3 years ago
    • jhale17's Avatar
      jhale17

      Yesterday I was asked when a person can practice mindfulness and I replied “anytime because it is kind of like drinking water.” I got to thinking why would I say that when in today’s world there is multi-tasking, planning for the next day, rushing to get places and to-do lists, and water is just water. These fast paced activities cause us to lose touch with the present moments. Mindfulness just does not seem to fit into the schema for it is a solitary single-mindedness.

      It is a state of being aware of what is happening in the present moment.
      It is a way of breaking free from being on auto-pilot.
      It is being able to accept the present moment without judgment.
      It is paying attention to the here and now, not the past problems or the future concerns.

      What is mindfulness and why is it like water??

      It is well understood that you must consume water on a regular basis in order to maintain your body’s healthy balance. You have learned the routine of the intake of water and how necessary it is. Mindfulness is kind of the same. The benefits of taking regular periods for mindfulness adds a healthy balance to your body and augments the feeling of wellbeing.

      They say most people do not drink enough water. It could be we are also not doing enough mindfulness.

      For your consideration here is a free meditation app for iPhones called Calm. It has a seven day schedule in the Program tab and also 1, 2, 5, 10, and 15 minutes breaks sessions in the Timer tab. Of course there is a paid version. I think the free one may be helpful to those interested in Mindfulness and have an iPhone. I am sure there are free apps for Android phones.

      In the App Store look for this Calm; Calm – meditate, sleep,

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      There is also mindfulness in eating.

      Grow or buy sprouts. Grow or buy berries. Could you possibly eat (or drink) a cup of each per day?
      Strawberries and alfalfa sprouts are best BUT they are only slightly better than any other sprout for the purpose of relieving arthritis pain. Pea sprouts are fine too as are sunflower sprouts and any other you can tolerate. Chinese food has mung bean sprouts but rarely a whole cup in a serving. Cherries not only help to reducr inflammation but have special anti cancer properties. Blueberries are liver protective. Raspberries are Heaven sent. Vary your intake but do get a cup of each down daily and within a fortnight you will notice a difference. If you stop (this is a regimen) you will lose what you have gained.

      Give it a shot. There is no down side.

      There is also a type of cumin called, depending on the culture, chernushka, habet el baraka, black seed, nigella sativa and more, sime components of which reduce swelling.

      Best wishes.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      self-hypnotism, accupuncture

      over 3 years ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Pain is pain, relieving it is quite difficult.
      Others may praise meditation or "mindfulness" or various mental controls as ways to get rid of the ongoing, never-relenting pain of arthritis, but I must play Devil's Advocate here.
      I am in my second year of fairly severe Rhematoid Arthritis & good old regular Arthritis in my back.
      I can't take the newest biological meds because of an extensive history of cancers. Poisions like Methorexate about did me in, as did Rituxin. That leaves me with experimenting with whatever is left.
      Mental exercises of various types have never done the job for me when my hands are swollen twice normal size & bent sideways in pain. Nor when my back is contracting in muscle spasms, and my toes are so bad that I am crosseyed!!!
      So whadda ya do? I take the smallest amount of strong pain drugs that I have & haul myself into a hot tub & soak for about a half hour. Then as Geekling recommends, I drink hot & strong berry tea. Eventually, I go into a semi pain-free state, till the next episode.

      You will have to find the right combo of relievers for you, and it will be hard to do, but a small amount of strong drugs are probably going to be necessary. The inflammation reduction is important. Talk to your doctor & be firm about your discomfort & pain until he listens.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Check meetup.Com for groups in your area who practice meditation. Also have you tride acupuncture or hot paraffin waxes for hands and feet. Some people get great comfort from those treatments.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Check meetup.Com for groups in your area who practice meditation. Also have you tride acupuncture or hot paraffin waxes for hands and feet. Some people get great comfort from those treatments.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Also make sure you are seeing a specialist in arthritis care.

      I have seen a paraffin waxes at resale shops from time to time and I would check ebay as well.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Also make sure you are seeing a specialist in arthritis care.

      I have seen a paraffin waxes at resale shops from time to time and I would check ebay as well.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I too hate painkillers but all are really not just painkillers they are actually attacking the source of the pain they are actually pain healers. All pain should be reported to your Dr. then ask your what is the prescribed cure for the SOURCE. Inflammation is often the reason for pain. Anti-inflammatory meds both heal and stop pain. In my case I have a noncancer condition that is causing the deterioration on my nerves. Gabapentin stops the deterioration of the nerves and also the pain and spasms therefor it is a healer not a killer. I have reached a point where surgery is the only way to treat my pain. In the meantime I drink chamomile tea. I have a feline companion who gives me full body massages.
      I season my food with turmeric
      When I was in an auto accident and had very bad whiplash. I saw a pain management psychologist who was also a certified medical hypnotist. I actually used no narcotic painkillers during a nine-month recovery. That is not to say that I did not feel pain but it was bearable. I also used acupuncture.
      Bottom line know what is causing pain and learn what medications are doing to relieve the pain. Inflammation must be treated because it can hurt the body. Talk to your Dr. about what the prescribed meds do to your body.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I wouldn't use wax on myself---You have to know the proper temp-- too hot burn- too cool uesless. Then many chronic pain sufferers really can't tell if something is too hot. Many of them end up getting burns treated-some in burn units. This is one reason they lowered the heat out put in hot water heaters. I had hot wax for carpel tunnel. It felt too hot and burnt. I actually had a broken wrist. The physical therapist was not reporting that therapy was making it worse. My husband got me into an orthopedic clinic by standing and shouting how my wrist was getting worse and worse. They immobilised my hand and arm- and gave me codeine. I don't think that wax is something to mess around with. I didn't go to that doctor again, and filed against the PT-she should have reported the adverse effects of the different therapies to the doctor.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      PS, I watched an art prof set the place on fire while heating wax.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      The machines have self limited heating..they are made not to injure anyone. My Mom had these treatments for many years and they helped her a great deal..

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Maybe not everybody has their own machine. I'm just saying that heating wax at home for physical therapy has its hazards, which is why I recommend going to a doctor and hopefully getting proper care. It's much cheaper than setting a place on fire.

      over 3 years ago
    • reagand's Avatar
      reagand

      I have arthritis since I was 18 years old. I was eating foods with too much purine in it. The doctor can't believe that in an early age I got high level of uric acid. Today, I manage to lower my uric acid level by avoiding foods with high sugar and high in protein.

      over 2 years ago

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