Friday, July 15, 2011

Life with pain... without the drugs

I take five prescriptions daily. One for thyroid, one for post breast cancer, one for back pain, one for inflammation related to back pain, and one for my sanity. I have other prescriptions in cases of extreme pain or loss of sanity. I still get a lot of pain.

Sometimes I wonder what if I stopped taking them all - well not the thyroid one or the breast cancer one or the sanity one... But the back pain and inflammation ones. I mean what if my pill supplies ran out and they didn't make them any more, where would I be? I would prefer not to go to the doctor or to take any medications. Before all this, I was an advil every few months kind of person.

I was interested to read this article about living with pain without drugs.

The article recomends five things instead of medicaitons:

1. Exercise - but I already exercise. I make it a point to keep moving.

2. Alternative therapies - like acupuncture.. I already do that too.

3. Sleep - one of my favorite past times. Believe me I make a point of getting my beauty rest (I need it!).

4. Supplements - I already take them - fish oil, vitamin B, etc

5. Heat and ice - ice is a wonderful thing after the gym. Heat is a wonderful thing for those other pains.

Okay, I need more suggestions. I already do these. So I guess I have to stick to the drugs for now.


Anna said...
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Anna said...

Hi Caroline:)
Good to hear that we are more patients looking for healthy pain-relief strategies!! I've shared my best pain-reducing tips on this blog:
"365 pain-free days"
Maybe you can find some inspiration there?

All the best from Anna

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, My name is Heather. I had been reading your blog from the first week my cancer was confirmed.(It helped very much, answered ? and I did not feel so alone)I took a break after my second surgery, then this day I came by to say Hi and your topic was just what I woke up thinking how do I get rid of the pain. I lost my patients in the pharmacy-1+hrs. and left with out the pain meds.You gave me motivation,to try, remember when it did not hurt.Good luck Thank-you HJ

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Moira said...


You might try meditation. It can be just effective as pain meds.

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