My desire to prevent an increase of chronic pain or triggering a flare from fibromyalgia, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and endometriosis is just as high on my list as shielding myself from COVID-19. It is not just because I do not want to deal with more pain. But because I do not want to weaken my body’s ability to fight the virus. With that said, here is what I am doing and what you can do too!
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Prevent Chronic Pain by Conserving Energy
Self-quarantining for a virus differs from when chronic pain flares force me to stay home. When suffering from chronic pain flare, I lack the energy to do anything but care for my immediate needs. Not everyone who is currently self-quarantined is experiencing a flare.
It is important during this time to conserve my energy. Shopping has changed. I am not able to go to one store to get what my family needs. Instead, I have to go to multiple and still not come home without everything I set out to purchase. This process takes extra physical energy that I do not have to spare! Thankfully, I have my husband and daughter to assist. If someone is willing to drive you or do your shopping for you, allow them to help! This is not a time to let pride cause us more pain.
This is not a time to test my limits. I was already home-bound due to my latest flare with abdominal adhesions before March 15th. My body was and is still weak from the battle that is going on inside of it. Knowing this, the last thing I want to do is to wear it down further.
The harder I push, the weaker my body will become. Pacing to prevent additional #chronicpain #HighRiskCovid19 #selfcare #fibromyalgia #autoimmunearthritisTweet
Pacing and not rushing is what is helping to keep my pain lower than what it was before self-quarantining. Instead of rushing to fold and put laundry away, I take my time. If I need to rest halfway through a basket, I do! So what if it takes all day to load the dishwasher? All the things that I had been rushing to do have been closed or banned. My need to rush has been replaced with a desire to better care for myself.
A self-quarantine is not the time to stop caring for my chronic illnesses. In fact, it is more important now than it was ever before. As for my treatment plan, this includes taking my herbal tinctures daily, making time for physical therapy, running daily PEMF treatments, getting enough rest, and avoiding foods that trigger inflammation.
If you follow a pharmaceutical protocol, be sure to keep following it. Only make changes after speaking with your doctor. I have seen comments online about people wanting to stop their immune-suppressing medications until the threat of COVID-19 has passed. Again, do not make any changes without consulting with your physician. Back in 2009, I suffered from a severe withdrawal from prescribed medication. My body was weaker during the seven, yes seven, months it took for my body to fully detox.
I am fortunate that I already had an effective pain-relief management plan in place before this began. With my plan consisting of both natural and technological devices, I do not have to worry about dealing with doctors or pharmacies for pain-relief. Except for cannabis, I purchase the rest of my herbal remedies from Earthley Wellness and use multiple wearable pain-relief devices.
Do you have access to legal cannabis (medicinal or recreational)? If so, I suggest stretching your money by dry vaping instead of smoking. With dry vaping, there is no combustion. The process decarboxylates the flower, preparing it to use for making your own tinctures, oils, and butter. Click here to learn how and for a couple of my favorite cannabis recipes.
Prevent Chronic Pain by Caring for Mental Health
Let’s get real. Even though I joke about running out of toilet paper, the situation we are in is very serious. As you already know, stress and anxiety have the power to make any level of chronic pain worse. To prevent that from happening, it is important now more than ever, that we care for our mental health.
We will get through this, #onedayatatime #HighRiskCovid19 #autoimmunearthritis #chronicillnessTweet
Here are a few ways to care for your mental health while self-quarantined.
- Do not panic, relax, take a deep breath, and do what you can when you can.
- Talk to a therapist, clergy member, or a friend or family member who is able and willing to be a sounding board.
- Take control. If limiting exposure to news and social media feed is what is best for you, then do it. Personally, I find comfort in taking in as much information about a crisis, disaster, etc. as possible.
- Watch and listen to movies, shows, and music that lifts your spirits.
- Gather with family and friends on Skype or Discord for a chat when you can’t be together.
- Pray and meditate.
What efforts are you making in hopes of preventing a chronic pain flare?