The three products that have helped me cope with my pain

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This week I’ve really struggled with my neck pain. It’s been a tough week trying to cope and manage things as best I can. I even had a day off work, which I don’t like to do, but just felt I had to as I couldn’t cope with the pain at my desk all day. I wanted share with you the three products that have helped me cope this week and tell you where you can get them from.

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What has made my pain worse

The main triggers for my pain are sitting, sitting abnormally, and stress and anxiety. This week I’m convinced that the cold weather has made my pain worse. I’ve never really noticed how the weather has affected me before, but I’ve heard a lot of people say it affects them.

My pain was really bad on Monday. I was at a meeting in work and was absolutely freezing; I couldn’t get warm. I later read that the cold weather makes the muscles tense, so this makes perfect sense in terms of my neck pain: my muscles tighten up and cause pain, often resulting in headaches too.

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The three products that have helped me cope with my pain

Because of the nature of my pain, I don’t just use one product or one form of pain management to help. It usually takes two or three different things to reduce my pain to a level that is bearable.

This week I used the following three products – which are all available from Amazon via the links below.

Physio tape

Also known as Kinesiology Tape. I love this stuff. The science behind it really makes a lot of sense to me and whenever I’ve used it, I’ve had some relief. It’s pretty cheap too, and comes in lots of different colours.

I usually wear it for a few days at a time. Any longer, and my skin starts to itch and it’s annoying. It’s a little painful taking it off, but the benefit of using it far outweighs this.

Read more about physio tape in my blog post 3 not so obvious things I do to manage my neck pain.

A new heat pack

Heat is good for chronic pain. I got a new heat pack for Christmas. I specifically asked for this design as I knew it would target my neck properly and I could use it sitting or standing. It’s simple and easy to use – 1 minute 40 in the microwave is perfect for me – and it stays hot for a good amount of time too.

Tiger Balm Neck and Shoulder Rub

This is something new I’ve tried this week. I simply did a search for ‘neck pain’ on Amazon (I love their app!) and this appeared in the search results. It arrived the next day (as I am a Prime Member) and it seemed to help as soon as I put it on. It didn’t take away the pain completely, but it certainly reduced it.

When my pain is bad, one way I describe how it makes me feel is that I want to rip my head off my shoulders. Anything that stops me having this feeling and wanting to do this, is a good thing. And all of the above seemed to help me.

Your thoughts

What products do you use to help you cope with your pain>

What do you do differently when you have a bad pain flare-up?

Have you tried the products I’ve talked about above?

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4 thoughts on “The three products that have helped me cope with my pain

  1. Caz / InvisiblyMe says:

    I’ve never used Kinesiology Tape, that’s an interesting one. Where else can you use it do you think, apart from managing your neck pain? Heat packs are quite popular, but I’d quite like to try that Tiger balm rub, I get a lot of pain around my shoulders (tight, knotted muscles mostly but can be v.painful). I also find the cold makes my pain worse, so you’re not alone there. Wrap up warm & have a restful weekend lovely xx

    • Alice says:

      Hi Caz. You can use the Kinesiology tape pretty much anywhere. If you Google images of it, you can see it strapped to knees, ankles, legs, back – all over. Lots of sports professionals use it too, so it must be good. I love heat packs too (I wrote a detailed blog post all about them a while ago). I’ve been using the Tiger Balm rub a few days now – I’m convinced it is helping – so I’d be keen to know how you get on if you try it too. Have a restful, and hopefully as pain-free as possible weekend too πŸ™‚ xx

    • Alice says:

      I’m pleased to read someone else uses the physio tape and finds it helpful πŸ™‚ And you’re welcome about the reminder – feedback like this always makes me glad I write about these things ?

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