Over the last 3 years I have heard much conversation and read a lot about “pain management.” …sounds like a great idea to me. So, why can’t I find it?!
I do know that every chronic or long-term patient has thought about it. You just can’t get through your day without thinking about how best to combat pain.
Unconsciously I bite the inside of my mouth when pain gets the upper hand. . .I think it’s because by causing pain in another area of my body, it minimizes the pain in my gut and other areas on my body that are painful – so, biting the inside of my mouth kind of distracts me.
Think about this: if you had lung cancer and were going through a lot of suffering because of that, you would try like heck to make the pain go away, right?! So, I think it’s probably normal for us to try to distract ourselves from chronic, harsh pain. And, if you can’t get the right medicines immediately, our natural inclination is to do anything in our power to Stop The Pain!
What are your favorite coping methods? I would love to hear from you and find out about what works for others…Here are some of mine:
- Re-visit some of my favorite places in my mind (particularily scuba diving spots that stand out in my memory)
- Writing Lists of Fun Things I Have Done and then re-reading the list. (thanks for that one, Mark!) Funny, but I revisit this list and can always add to it
- Stub My Toe (Diverting my mind to another part of my body)
- Talking and Listening to my Husband
- Calling a Friend
- Have a Good Cry – – I mean a big, loud and blubbering cry some where nobody else will hear me
What are your favorite coping mechanisms? Inquiring minds want to know!
This morning my “pain medicine” will consist of roling over in bed and snuggling with Richard. It’s a little after 6am and after being up any period of time, I find the pain starts rocking my little world no matter how much morphine I take or how many pain relieving patches I slap on my body! This morning my vote is to snuggle.