I have just been reading one of the articles in the Better Homes and Garden Australia Diabetic Living magazine (July/August 2011) about Chronic Pain. If you have very visited my other blog Menopausal Mumma you will know that I have pain, I don't know if I would call it chronic as there are days when the medication I am on keeps it manageable, but then there are days like today when everything seems to hurt. Those days are hard, hard to keep myself in a positive head space.
This article is looking at alternative ways to help with pain, rather than just popping pills. What I didn't like was this bit of the article ....
But if you are among the one in five people who lives with chronic pain, it can be your worst enemy. Having diabetes may ramp up your risk of such suffering - there are many ways in which complications of the condition can cause you discomfort, with nerve pain in the feet and legs a particular culprit.
Great, while I don't yet seem to have any nerve neuropathy associated with my diabetes, it is always a threat.
Of course, the usual, aim to lose weight is in there in the article - I get a little tired of that message. Sure we all know that to be lighter is better, but it is just not that easy to achieve. If you can develop a pill that makes me wake up 50 kgs lighter, I will be the first to put my hand up. I get that you need to make healthy food choices, and I am trying. I get that you need to exercise, but hey chronic pain and exercise is a catch 22 situation, just as severe arthritis and exercise seem to defy each other.
They say to take some stress out of your life, well I am trying that as well.
The alternative remedies they recommend you try are
Some of these I already do, I have acupuncture and massage and I must admit both help. The acupuncture is not Chinese acupuncture, but trigger point dry needling from my physio and it hurts like hell, but it really does give a lot of relief after the treatment. I used to have a weekly hour long massage and that kept me supple, but with my massage therapist moving back to Melbourne I have struggled to find someone who is as good. Although this week my physio massaged my upper back and it took a lot of tension away.
So I have to try adding more movement into my day and I may give this Capsiacin cream a go, although it does warn it takes up to 8 week to see any effect. I won't be doing the Yoga as I can not get onto the floor and if I do, I can't get up again.
I am also booked into see a Pain Management Specialist at the end of September, I hope he can offer me some relief and if that works then the gym may come back as being an option for me. I also will go back to the pool when it opens in October.
I think I can say that even with the pain today it is a a pretty good day.
Thanks for popping by xxx