In the first part of this article, we looked at the different types of pain and how miserable it can be for people who suffer from chronic pain. While some pain is due to trauma or other issues, there are definitely things we can try to help keep as many situations that lead to chronic pain from happening in the first place.
Overall, the following 10 tips can help prevent chronic pain. If you can incorporate all of these into your daily life, great! But trying just a few is better than nothing, or you can add in one or two gradually so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
1—Nip initial pain in the bud. For example, have you been diagnosed with shingles? Work aggressively with your physician to treat it, through things like anti-viral and pain medications. Some people even require epidural injections to help with shingle pain. If you are having surgery, don’t be shy about managing your post-operative pain. As we know, acute pain now can lead to chronic pain later. But research is showing that if we successfully treat and manage the pain while we are initially enduring it, it seems to reduce the chances of it rearing its ugly head again later on.
2—Eat well. Lower your amount of fat and cholesterol and eat smaller portions. This can improve your health and also really decrease your risk for developing a painful health issue.
3—Up your calcium levels. The mineral calcium is the most prevalent one in our bodies, and it is needed to help keep our bones and teeth strong. It is important to have enough calcium in order to reduced the chances of fractures and breaks. Women may especially need calcium as studies have linked shortages to a greater chance of developing osteoporosis. Many people take a calcium supplement every day to make sure they are getting enough of this vital mineral.
4—Sleep well. More and more studies are showing the importance of a good night’s sleep. Shoot for between seven and eight hours of sleep a night. It helps your body relax and regenerate.
5—Eliminate unhealthy habits. If you smoke, please consider stopping. If you drink a lot of alcohol, please think about cutting way back.