Managing pain during isolation
A period of self isolation doesn’t mean all conditions and medical needs cease to exist. You might experience higher levels of pain due to stress, become stiff due to less movement or have a flare up. I know stress can be a major trigger for some people and it’s safe to say the current situation will be challenging.
Here are a few things you can do:
Keep taking medication
Ensure you have methods of pain relief (heat, ice, TENS machine…)
A cosy blanket and a comfy place to sit or lie
Scented candles that can help you relax
Things that can aid as distraction (books, films, crafts…)
If you do become unwell then please do not hesitate to contact your GP or call 111. Your health is still important and you deserve support, just like everyone else. Your GP should be able to do a telephone appointment if you need extra support.
Take things easy
It is okay if you are finding this overwhelming and scary — because it is. It may take a while for you to be able to adjust and that is okay. It’s your physical and mental wellbeing that is fundamental. Allow your body and mind the chance to adapt and try not to pressure yourself.
Try and make sure you take at least an hour a day for yourself. Maybe even write a list of relaxing things you can do if you need to step away.
Take each day as it comes, stay safe and look after yourself. You’ve got this!
What would you suggest for managing pain? Let is know in the comments below.