What Distracts You From the Pain?

Posted by Jen, Alumna Mentor @sandytoes14, Oct 4, 2016

Hello!
We share what works (and what doesn’t) for us as far as medicines and surgeries,etc.
What works for you to give yourself a little break? I’m presently researching family history from the comfort of my recliner.

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@kayelle

ADULT COLOURING BOOKS, with good Faber Castell pencils. Gr8 music. Light exercise at home on floor mat. NNN OOOO STRESS(:-)

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I have yet to find a life that is stress free. Drawing and painting help until the thunder above my head startles me back to the real world. Never realized there are so many people with bovine in their gene pool. Presume no one ever instructed them on the art of walking with soft feet. Tis what it tis. Can’t change it, can’t fix it.

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@kayelle

ADULT COLOURING BOOKS, with good Faber Castell pencils. Gr8 music. Light exercise at home on floor mat. NNN OOOO STRESS(:-)

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I prefer Prismacolor for my art work. Farber Castell have a harder lead. I am do at what others are doing in adult coloring. Keep thinking I will give a try. When I am able to do any coloring I do my own art work. I belong to a couple of adult coloring groups online where I help others out with technique and materials. I enjoy looking at what others do and don’t have an adult coloring book as of yet. I like the grayscale!!

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@artscaping

Enjoyable distractions. You all have great ideas. I would also add at home Yoga as a practice not a work out. I have a Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation professional who put together a 20 minute program for me. The mind and the body together is best. And I make it a morning ritual. Then I use several types of Medical Marijuana to stay under the pain that escalates during the day. I suffer from Chronic Myofasial Pain and Tiny fiber neuropathy with shooting electric shock pain and “needles” in arms and legs. Has anyone heard of benefits from bariatric chambers? My pain is at its worst when the barometer goes south and there is a low pressure weather system. I wish you all freedom from suffering and the causes of suffering.

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Makes sense since body and mind are connected. Barometric works a number on me. Pressure is dropping now and I can tell. Doppler eat your radar out! 🙂

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@ed32

Mindfulness meditation helps. But, I hace had 2 surgeries for achalesia. POEM.and Fundoplasty. The.last has left me with continued chronic pain but als incessant intense long burps to relieve pressure. This makes it very difficult to control my breath as I was taught in my classes. I was also exposed to walking meditation. I do that when I can. I have difficulty reading because the pain distracts me. I have seen people posting hobbies to keep their mind off it. I cannot think of one. Not sure i could paint or color. Mayb someone has some other ideas on meditation. Seeing a pain clinic, pain psychologist and recently a psychiatrist to help deal with the anxiety
It took over 2 and a half years to diagnose the Achalesia and I thought the first surgery would cure it. No and neither has the second. The long term of it all ( nearly 4 yrs.), and lacking hope that further treatment will help is making it difficult to deal with the pain.
I apologize for rambling on, I would just like to get to the point where i could do some work from home to alleviate the extreme financial problems this has created. I could do some now- but cant find anything. The pain is really difficult when coupled with financial pressure like fear of losing our home.
I may try writing to distract me.

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I tried meditation and it triggered the PTSD. So much for that distraction technique. What helps one may not work for another. Makes for an interesting life. Coming here oft is a distraction. Any one out there feeling used?

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@artscaping

Enjoyable distractions. You all have great ideas. I would also add at home Yoga as a practice not a work out. I have a Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation professional who put together a 20 minute program for me. The mind and the body together is best. And I make it a morning ritual. Then I use several types of Medical Marijuana to stay under the pain that escalates during the day. I suffer from Chronic Myofasial Pain and Tiny fiber neuropathy with shooting electric shock pain and “needles” in arms and legs. Has anyone heard of benefits from bariatric chambers? My pain is at its worst when the barometer goes south and there is a low pressure weather system. I wish you all freedom from suffering and the causes of suffering.

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When I lived in Pa. when barometer dropped so did I plus the dew point ,now in Calif thought it would make a difference ,didn’t

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@clownscrytoo

@sandytoes14
hi and good morning. I just joined recently, but I have several things I do: sometimes i do all/most in 1 day; other times just 1 or 2 or a few. I enjoy adult coloring books, because it’s very calming, lessens my anxiety and allows me to do more focusing on it than my constant pain. I also like to do crafts and kits, like simple painting (I stink at it, but it’s fun! lol!), tile painting, making magnets, positive feedback decorated notes to put in places around the house where I can see them often; making soap, and more. I can’t sit long or stand long, but I will use a kitchen counter and stand sometimes, or use pillows on the couch, whatever makes me the most comfortable at that moment. Since I joined this awesome group, I have a little more hope that I might have a little less pain, make good friends, and know I’m not alone. Thank you all for being YOU!
hugs,
Clownscrytoo

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One thing I remember when first getting fibro the support group mentor told us was to do isometric exercises for muscles first then light exercising.

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My paint brushes. I now work smaller as sitting at an easel is no longer feasible. this is what I have been working on recently. Have wondered if any other members use creative adventures for distraction. This is a watercolor/colored pencil piece…Can call this one moving…humor also helps me. The reference material I used was a photo taken by Karen Brommelsick.
I cannot get this picture to rotate-sorry. I tried. Even I can confuse technology. Was vertical. Must be the size. Don’t know how to remove thus either. It was vertical. It is not mooooving!

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@parus

My paint brushes. I now work smaller as sitting at an easel is no longer feasible. this is what I have been working on recently. Have wondered if any other members use creative adventures for distraction. This is a watercolor/colored pencil piece…Can call this one moving…humor also helps me. The reference material I used was a photo taken by Karen Brommelsick.
I cannot get this picture to rotate-sorry. I tried. Even I can confuse technology. Was vertical. Must be the size. Don’t know how to remove thus either. It was vertical. It is not mooooving!

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That is really good. I love seeing your watercolor/pencil drawing. Thank you for sharing.

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@parus

My paint brushes. I now work smaller as sitting at an easel is no longer feasible. this is what I have been working on recently. Have wondered if any other members use creative adventures for distraction. This is a watercolor/colored pencil piece…Can call this one moving…humor also helps me. The reference material I used was a photo taken by Karen Brommelsick.
I cannot get this picture to rotate-sorry. I tried. Even I can confuse technology. Was vertical. Must be the size. Don’t know how to remove thus either. It was vertical. It is not mooooving!

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@parus That cow is terrific! Thank you for sharing this with us.
Jen

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Many things distract me from pain. Interacting with my dogs is one of my favorites. Meditation is another. Getting out of the house going to the grocery store and or the pharmacy and visiting with the people there is another good one. Interacting on Facebook is another but it can be a real time suck just as these groups can be a real time suck however for the most part both our time well spent. Any time spent away from our pain is good time. Things that make our pain worse need to be avoided. The worst of these is depression. Depression accentuates your experience of pain and takes away your ability to deal with pain so anything you can do to limit your depression is a good idea. Drugs, counseling, eating right, and sleeping right are all good. Alternative Therapies that increase your sense of well-being are great. Dogs are great friends are great unfortunately people who suffered from depression for a long time tend to have less connections to other people. Let's face it, when we're in that situation we're not that much fun to be around if we're willing to open up and extend ourselves two others will find that others will bear with us. Love & blessings

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I am a cancer survivor and have dealt with depression and chronic pain for 3 decades. I owe my survival to modern medicine but that does not deter me from using complimentary therapies to deal with the after effects of my cancer treatment, my pain, and my depression..
I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first Healing Touch session with Christine. I knew it involved energy work and I’d been practicing Qigong for several years so it interested me. She had me lie down and cover myself with a soft blanket. She said she needed to prepare herself and she went and stood by my feet. Before she touched me I could feel my feet tingling. I’m very sensitive to energy moving in my body. I wasn’t watching what she did but I felt her touch my foot and then my leg. She then moved one hand further up my leg. It was odd; I could still feel the first touch as if she had 3 hands which I was sure she didn’t.
During my second session 2 weeks later my feet did the same thing as in the first session. In addition each time her hand touched I felt a connection between that spot and a spot in my brain as if the two spots were sharing some sort energy.
After each of my two sessions I was very relaxed and invigorated. I experienced an increased sense of wellbeing and decreased levels of pain. My mind was very focused and clear. It was not unlike the way I feel after my Qigong teacher works on me. Both systems work with a set of points in the body that are common to Yoga, Thi Chi, Reflexology, and Acupuncture although these point may go by different names. Christine told me that Healing Touch refers to the Chakras,(sp.?).
These points and flows of energy have been understood by many cultures and are used in many forms of Healing. Healing Touch is the most recent to find its way to me and my efforts to heal myself. Maybe next time I’ll ask more about how it works. First I wanted to know if it works and it does for me. Thank you Christine.
Love and Blessing, Stephen

You can contact Christine at soulmountainhealingtouch@gmail.com
You can also find practitioners in your area. I look for one who is certifies or is in the process of working towards certification.

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Hi @wsh66,

You may notice that I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion on the different ways of coping with chronic pain. The reasons I did this are:
– The many Connect members following the discussion will be notified, and can respond to your post.
– I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who have discussed much of what are experiencing.

If you are replying by email, I suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY so that you can read through some of the earlier messages and meet some of our other members talking about their or their or their loved ones' experiences, what's worked and what hasn't.

Thanks for sharing.

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