Managing chronic pain to go on an adventure

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Chronic pain isn’t easy to live with. It can stop you from doing a whole number of things so you need to make sure that you know how to manage it before you try to go on any adventure. Your health must come first, always, so it’s important that you plan what is going on and what you are going to do for pain relief, even when it is a spontaneous trip. This is what we’re going to be talking about in this sponsored article, so if you would like to find out more, keep reading.

Go somewhere local you have never been

The first thing that we recommend is that you go somewhere local that you have never been and call it an adventure. The good thing about this is that if there is a pain flare up, then at least the people who know you and who can help and possibly provide any treatment, are near by to help you manage.

It’s also useful to go somewhere you local that you know so that it doesn’t add extra anxiety or stress. Places that you are familiar can be much better than the unknown. But by all means, should you want to go somewhere totally new, then go for it!

Be able to contact help

The next thing that you’re going to need to do is make sure that you are able to contact any form of help in case you need it. To do this, you are going to need to keep your phone on you at all times so that should there be an emergency, you are prepared for it.

You might want to think about looking into travel doctors if you’re going to be going to an adventure and know you have chronic pain because they very well may be able to come to you. You’ve got to think about the best course of action and who you can contact in times of crisis.

Obviously, your best call is your own doctor or support network. It’s essential that you are always able to get in touch with someone when you have chronic pain in case you have a flare up or things get too much for you. And just as important, is that those closest to you know where you are going and where you will be – you never know if there will be phone signal or other issues that mean someone may need to come to you.

Remember how you usually cope

Finally, try to keep in mind how you usually cope. It’s important that you understand how you usually keep yourself in control, and how you manage your pain on a daily basis. You cope with your chronic pain the best you can every single day, and you would need to continue to do these things should you decide to go on an adventure.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the ways that you can manage chronic pain when you decide go on an adventure. We know that it’s hard to get excited about things when you suffer from chronic pain. Even when it’s a spontaneous trip somewhere you still need to have a plan because of chronic pain, but it’s worth it as you will feel more at ease and in control. We wish you the best of luck and hope that you have a wonderful time.

This is a collaborative post and the opinions are of the author.

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3 thoughts on “Managing chronic pain to go on an adventure

  1. Natasha Starnes says:

    I forget who I cadged the idea of a launchpad from, I’ve read *alot* of organization books. A launchpad is a place, preferably near the door you go out most, where you keep the things you need to get out the door. For most people this would be keys, wallet, phone, water bottle, purse or backpack or briefcase or whatever, now – mask, etc. For a spoonie, it would include mobility devices, the emergency packs above, notes about anything you need that might need refrigeration (meds, special foods, etc). Possibly anything you need for a service dog, like vest and leash and backpack.

    Ideally, you’d be unpacking your stuff here when you get in, so its always in place, and you don’t have to look for it when you go out. I also include a crate for library books, because that way I always know where they are.

  2. Natasha Starnes says:

    My best suggestion, and also how I manage my anxiety about my pain (yay double whammies) is to think *really* hard about it *once* And make a plan, taking variables into consideration, and put that plan into writing. What do you need for serious pain on a long trip? A short trip? In the heat? In the cold? Lots of walking? No seating available? Any mental considerations? Panic attacks in crowds? Sensory overload? Write it *all* down. Then look at each scenario, figure out what is the *same* for needs in each one, thats your basic, everyday kit. The stuff you need *all the time*. Put that stuff in a purse or I prefer a backpack, because I’m juggling a cane and actually doing stuff. The other stuff in each scenario? Package and *tag* according to scenario. Put in a drawer near your launchpad (you have a launchpad right? Makes life so much easier, make a launchpad) Now you are prepped to do *anything* on short notice.

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