Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Strategies to help cope day to day and with flare ups from complex regional pain syndrome.

As other sufferers know, symptoms can vary from day to day and throughout the day. As well as an overall plan to erode back the symptoms, I need to have strategies in place to help with the day to day problems.
Some of the things that help me are

  • mirrors (August archives photos)
  • essential oils (still experimenting but amazed so far)
  • breathing out twice as long as in (August)
  • resperate machine could be used to control breathing(November)
  • distraction (September archives)
  • magnesium for muscle spasm (September)
  • fish/fish oil for inflamation (September)
  • beetroot for liver protection and antidepressant (September)
  • isometric exercises to reduce pain (September)
  • epson salts warm bath (September)
  • chili cream (capsaicin)
  • heat pack (September)
  • graduated repetition of movements (September)
  • pacing
  • move it or lose it
  • deflated ball gives a great massage (see photo Sept)
  • butterball bath bomb (Sept)
  • water relaxes, calms,slows and improves breathing, helps sleep (Sept)
  • Caring Doctors (Sept)
  • Letting go of worries and avoiding stress (Oct)
  • Actively seeking happiness (Oct)
  • Taking vitamin C if I must have surgery or dental work as a precaution. (Nov)
  • eat nutrient rich antioxidant foods. Eas smart. (Nov)
  • use Prantal powder for hyperhydrosis (Nov)
  • make a list what works for me as a quick reference. (Nov)
  • don't despare when I have flare up. Refer to the list. (Nov)
  • do the same movement in different ways to reinforce that "it's ok"
  • follow a dental procedure which works for me (Nov)
  • change thinking, not "what can be done for me" but "what I can do for myself" (Nov)
  • Eat smart - increasing antioxidants especially vitamin C in my diet. (January )
  • Understand that while it hurts it's not necessarilly harmful!!!
  • apply pressure with my hand to the apparent site for nerve firing.
  • sip warm camomile tea.
  • massage my face with moisturiser.
  • cover my skin to protect it from the breeze of the fan.
I am a sufferer, not a professional. These things work for me about which I am very thankful. If you think something may help you check first with your treating practitioners.

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