A few minutes of ice followed by a recovery period, repeat as necessary. My chiropractor didn’t lie.
Also drink lots of water, and during the warm phase, carefully stretch.
I go once a month and get trigger point injections in my neck and shoulder. Every 3rd month i’m usually In need of a injectable steroid that goes deep into my shoulder joint/rotator cuff. In between the injections I use lidocaine patches and also Flector patches which is really just ibuprofen that’s in a patch. I also have actual liquid lidocaine that I inject into my muscles and I have used a T.E.N.S unit on and off for 40+ years. Moist heat sometimes helps too! Last summer my aches and pains where SO bad that the ONLY thing I could do was float around in the pool!! Let’s not forget the “Heavy Duty” narcotics, they’re also in the line-up!
You say please stop whatever it is that i’m doing, do you mean stop doing whats causing the pain or stop treating the symtems? The alternative to living without pain for me means to “stop living”! I don’t mean as in to die, I mean to have no happiness or any kind of fufillment! I already missed out on so many years when I was homebound/bedriden being in full body casts and traction for not only months on end but sevral years from bones (both feet & legs) that just would not heel! I’m not a whiner and never have been, i’ve come a long way! I went from being a caregiver to needing one in about 2 seconds from a life changing car accident and i’ve even overcome a minor TBI. (tramatic brain injury) Right now because my guys of 30 years is recovering from prolong effects of being on a ventilator back in May i’ve had to “man-up”, put on my big girl panties, and care for both him & his 84 year old mother who’s got terrible dementia/alzhimers. The family hasn’t been steppin up with anything that isn’t self-serving to them first! If greed was a good thing, they’d be golden!! I’d only read about people like them in horror stories, little did I know all these years of living side by side they were wolves in sheep’s clothes, snakes in the grass, just plain assholes!!! Opps, I digress…
Anyway, right now i’m SO super proud of myself!! Three months ago I wasn’t able to make it 10 feet down the hall to the bathroom without getting winded! I WAS SO SCARED! I totally thought I was going to have to go to a rehab just to get back on my feet again!
Today, only through my own determination and willingnes to overcome, i’m cooking 3 meals a day, driving when needed and am the sole caregiver for 2 other ill adults!! It’s amazing what our bodies can do and it’s totally mind over matter! Believe me, theres MANY times throughout the day that I just CAN’T stand for another second, I just give myself a break and start again!
So many of the FUN living things have been out of my life for a very long time, like fishing, boating, racing in our local speedbowl, camping, biking and just about any other outdoor activtiy! Even my artwork and crafting has been effected as I fell a couple years back shattered my wrist & hand! I had been using 2 forearm or canadian crutches to be able to walk, after the hand injury I can only use 1. I refuse to be put in a wheelchair, if I stop using my legs I won’t be able to use them! The more I DO, the more I CAN DO!!
Even though getting old has it’s downfalls, I’m feeling pretty darn grateful these days, especialy after almost losing my guy last month, it’s a privladge that SO many don’t get!!
@Lynnerizer You keep doing you as best you can.
I do hope you can find treatments (or even cures) that don’t involve drugs with nasty side-effects, not just addiction. It sounds like you’ve got a selection of tools to use that help you cope with the pain and aftermath of your accident, and that you’re managing them as best you can. Kudos.
I’m sorry to hear about caring for your (effectively) MIL with dementia. Being the primary caregiver is not an easy thing to do. And you’ve got a two-fer on your hands. He must be one special guy.
Thanks @mike808!! He is extreamly special!! He’s stuck by my side through thick and thin, it’s actuly a pleasure to do whatever I can for both him and his mom. (his dad just passed in November after we’d been caring for him too) I guess this is how it is and just what you do when you find your person! Life’s a trip, love is what it’s all about!
@Lynnerizer My dad (85) passed recently, too. He also suffered from dementia, but fortunately only for the last 9 months he was with us. He enjoyed a full life on his own terms, so those are the blessings that matter and we remember.
@dptalia@moonhat Umm… had that occasionally in the past, luckily not persistent. Move your position and posture a lot; maybe find something totally different (assuming your main issue is mouse/keyboard posture). Honestly I am doing much better with a laptop with a trackpad (in bed, maybe not ideal, but that’s where I am). If at a desk, it’s possibly too high. You can go for a lower desk, or get an under-desk keyboard/mouse mounting tray that are adjustable. Or, consider an adjustable sit/stand desk, so you can stand at least part of the time. Some you can turn with a crank and some are electric. Keep trying different situations and if what you are doing is not working, discard it for a while. Also periodically take breaks, do gentle hand/write exercises; flex everything for a bit.
@dptalia@mike808@moonhat I would add that if you like Japanese-themed Anime video games, sometimes the special edition came with a wrist rest that has an image of one of the female characters, and nice padded bumps (actually 2 of them) on which you can rest your wrist whilst guiding the mouse. Overall a very satisfying experience.
I went for “stretching” in this survey, but really you want to be doing that first, before you are in pain to begin with. I used to go a community rec center with pool and hot tub, back when people did that sort of thing. I would really recommend aqua-yoga and -pilates. Regardless of your age. But since most of us can’t do that anymore, maybe the home kind (without the “aqua”, but just on a floor). both focus on moving slowly, making joints and muscles work that you may not often use, and of course breathing is good too. I like breathing. I hope to keep it that way for a while.
EDIT but I am in a state where I could use those other substances without facing life in prison (unless the Feds move in), and it’s nice to have that option because it’s I’m sure it’s damn well better than getting hooked on prescription big-pharma opiods.
@pmarin I started doing aqua-exercise when I was about 12 years old. After a 3 month hospital stay and finally being diagnosed with RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) it was the BEST thing ever! Didn’t phase me one bit that besides my mom every other person in the class was older than sin!! To this day (40 years later) whenever I hear a Neil Diamond song it takes me right back!! I’ve recommended aqua-exercise to so many people over the years, it’s the best low impact exercise i’ve ever seen.
Currently in a boot and on crutches following surgery to repair a torn achilles tendon in early July. Pain management involves:
Diphenhydramine some nights for sleep
Hydrotherapy (aka swimming pool)
All at different times in different measure.
Get to return to work in ER on Monday so spent the last 4 days doing a couple of miles a day on crutches in NOLA…
Gotta love “activity as tolerated…”
Right now on the AMTRAK Crescent line approaching Bham.