A winning morning routine for many chronic pain patients
If you or someone you love suffers the misery of chronic pain, you know how these can seemingly run your life.
Daily routines can make for a happier days.
And in times of acute illness or injury, they must! But when conditions like shingles, fibromyalgia, and back pain linger, a real strategy is needed to best get control of your life.
Experience in the clinic for over 30 years tells me repeatedly that those patents with routines do far better, suffer less pain and life disruption, including depression.
So what does this Daily plan look like?
Something like this:
Get up at a set time every day. Be sure to stay well dressed and completely warm and comfortable year round. Next drink a warm beverage like coffee or tea. Use stevia instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Ideally, you’ll be sipping during quiet prayer or meditation, even if just for a little while. (There’s nothing wrong with longer periods either!).
Within 30 minutes of arising, eat a high protein meal. Could be a couple omega 3 eggs, or a protein shake. No bagels, toast or English muffins allowed this early!
Next, some light activity like a walk, gentle bike ride, and some stretching. It’s crucial that you stay well fed and warm to get the most pain reduction and healing benefits.
After a shower or bath, get yourself to therapy if it’s a treatment day.
If not, engage in some good self-treatment! Typically my patents use a home care kit of some type. Along with medications, this may include dietary supplements, heat packs, topical and often an electric neurostimulator. This could take up to an hour.
And then, get on to your day! Remember, a gluten and dairy free diet high in vegetables and lean protein works best for most chronic pain patients. Low carbohydrate, high quality snacks like nuts and small amounts of fruit should be consumed so your are never going more than 3 hours without refueling. Keep your life as simple and free of distraction as possible.
At the end of your day, repeat the all the great self care and stick to the diet plan above!
This has proven to be a winning morning routine for many chronic pain patients, and I hope for you too!
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