Pain is part of daily life for many people living with arthritis but there are a number techniques that you can practice to control your own joint pain.
Different types of pain management work for different people – everyone is unique. Arming yourself with information is the first step along the road to pain control and living life with arthritis to the full.
Below are Arthritis Ireland’s eight top tips for creating a pain management plan. For a full guide to how to better manage arthritis or joint pain, download our Coping with Pain information booklet.
- Note down when is the most effective time for you to take your medication. Be aware of how your body responds to painkillers and take all medication appropriately, in accordance with your doctor’s advice.
- Make a note of whether heat, cold or massage helps, and how often you try them.
- Make space in your day for rest. Take notice of when your body responds well to rest, and to the resting of specific joints in splints, and develop a positive rest routine.
- Make a note of the things that help you feel relaxed and calm, and in control of your pain. Try to practice those techniques which you find suit you best.
- Develop techniques for conjuring up restful, pleasant images and memories.
- Work on having a generally healthy lifestyle to improve your sense of overall wellbeing.
- Make a plan to do aerobic, strengthening and range of movement exercise.
- Make a list of questions to put to healthcare professionals concerning your treatment programme and pain management. Be firm in asking these questions and persist until you are happy with the answers.
For more information on how you can better manage the pain of arthritis or fibromyalgia download our Coping with Pain information booklet.