Tips to Manage
The coronavirus pandemic has been declared a pandemic by WHO (World Health Organization), and this situation creates a lot of panic and anxiety amongst people. Anxiety is no-ones friend, leave aside chronic pain patients. The information and news all around TV, social media groups, newspapers, etc. is feeding the devil.
Here are our few suggestions to help in the face of this pandemic, known as Covid-19.
1. Actual risk v/s fear-based risk
Majority of otherwise healthy people will recover even if they contact the disease. So, take a deep breath and be calm. Take precautions and keep peace. Most pain problems are managed by medicines that do not lower your immunity. You are doing good with your immunity if you are not on steroids or any such medicines. Discuss with your doctor and make sure you are on prescription that does not lower your immunity.
2. Hydrate regularly
Stay hydrated. Dehydration causes pain, so please drink adequate water. Despite alternatives like juices and soups, choose water because it represents fluids in readily available form for the body. It is natural and has been there since the beginning of mankind. Advantages of drinking water:
- Maintains fluid balance
- Reduces muscle fatigue
- Regulates metabolism
- Prevents constipation
We know that impact of pain is reduced in individuals who perceive a greater sense of inclusion from and engagement with others. The effectiveness of therapeutic modalities is better with positive social interactions. So, isolation is not a good idea for any pain patient. Please plan to interact with few family members and friends, have online connects and engage in meaningful activities to keep your pain under check.
4. Stock your medicines
If you are on nerve pain or headache or migraine medicines for your pain problem, please make sure you have enough reserves to last you for at-least 3 weeks. Incase you run out of medicines, have a list of substitutes available.
5. Visiting your doctor
Incase you are planning to visit your doctor but did not sleep well the night before, stayed dehydrated or are feeling tired and lethargic, choose to take rest and sleep well. Call and talk to the doctors office and try to reschedule the visit. This will help you and your care provider both limit your exposure to hospital systems to emergencies only.
6. Delivery systems
Instead of collecting at various grocery, medical or food spots, please opt for home delivery.
7. Build your protective fort
The things that help one fight any chronic pain problem like:
- Good sleep
- Regular exercise
- Healthy, clean food
- Adequate water intake
- Stress management techniques
will help you stay strong in the face of this pandemic too.
Remember, our health care is our responsibility, and this pandemic is just a reminder of the same.
Stay calm and take care.