Strategies for Managing Chronic Discomfort


Managing Chronic Pain Without Medication

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Managing Chronic Pain

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Ways to Manage Chronic Pain (PAMI)

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Treating Chronic Pain

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Tools to Manage Chronic Pain

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10 tips for managing chronic pain

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How I manage my chronic pain

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Stay Active. In addition to helping control weight, activities like walking, water aerobics at your local gym, or yoga can help reduce joint pain and improve flexibility, balance and strength. Cardiovascular exercise. As pain psychologist Ted Jones, PhD, points out in The 5 Coping Skills Every Chronic Pain Patient Needs, how patients think about their pain is critical to success. “Catastrophizing”—telling yourself.

10 Tips For Managing Chronic Pain 2 min. by Carol Anderson 4 months ago 3 months ago. 399 views. Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; LinkedIn; While acute pain is short-lasting, such as the pain from appendicitis or a broken leg, chronic pain is pain that is ongoing. Fibromyalgia, low back pain, pain from an old injury are some examples of chronic pain.

Tips for managing chronic pain. Knowledge is power: Learn all you can about your condition, possible pain triggers, your treatment options, and the side effects of medication. Talk to your doctors about their recommended plan of care and play an active role in managing your pain.

Let’s face it: in many ways, managing chronic pain sucks. And there’s a reason for that! Chronic pain is not just painful it drains the body of nutrients and energy, and can have a massive impact on mental health.I’m an open book when it comes to my own pain yes I experience pain. Chronic pain patients review new and unique strategies for managing their pain. Most patients don’t know how diet, exercise, and stress play a role in lifelong pain, or how making lifestyle changes improve their health and lower pain levels.

Quitting smoking improves the patient’s health and lowers the risk of developing lung cancer. For any type of chronic pain, make the following lifestyle changes and see how it makes the pain go away. Managing chronic pain is not easy especially when there are so many remedial options. Managing your emotions can directly affect the intensity of your pain.

Psychologists can help you manage the stresses in your life related to your chronic pain. Psychologists can help you learn relaxation techniques, such as meditation or breathing exercises to keep stress levels under control. If you need help managing chronic pain, your primary care doctor can refer you to a physician anesthesiologist to ensure your pain is under control while minimizing potential side effects. If you’re struggling with substance abuse, opiate and pain management programs.

Vacaville Chiropractor Alex Tam of Absolute Integrative Physical Medicine talks about some tips on how you can manage your chronic pain in Vacaville, CA Skip to content (707) 474-5688.

List of related literature:

The chronic pain program can employ the use of analgesics, alternative maintenance therapies such as acupuncture and biofeedback, pyschological care, and, in select cases, a consideration of implantable pain modulating devices (Fig. 89.1).

“Interventional Spine E-Book: An Algorithmic Approach” by Curtis W. Slipman, Richard Derby, Frederick A. Simeone, Tom G. Mayer
from Interventional Spine E-Book: An Algorithmic Approach
by Curtis W. Slipman, Richard Derby, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2007

Pranayama and meditation practice help calm a mind troubled by chronic pain.

“The Yoga Bible” by Christina Brown
from The Yoga Bible
by Christina Brown
Penguin Publishing Group, 2016

Abortive treatments stop acute headaches and include the family of triptans, ergotamines, and analgesics, both over the counter and by prescription.

“The Book of Ethics: Expert Guidance For Professionals Who Treat Addiction” by Cynthia Geppert, Laura Weiss Roberts
from The Book of Ethics: Expert Guidance For Professionals Who Treat Addiction
by Cynthia Geppert, Laura Weiss Roberts
Hazelden Publishing, 2009

So I started researching, and I found biofeedback, which is a technique that can help people with chronic pain.

“Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body” by Melanie C. Klein, Anna Guest-Jelley
from Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body
by Melanie C. Klein, Anna Guest-Jelley
Llewellyn Worldwide, Limited, 2014

I Use pain relief measures including prescribed or over-thecounter analgesic medications and non-pharmacological pain relief measures such as heat, rest, massage, relaxation and meditation.

“Medical-Surgical Nursing” by Priscilla LeMone, Karen Burke, Trudy Dwyer, Tracy Levett-Jones, Lorna Moxham, Kerry Reid-Searl
from Medical-Surgical Nursing
by Priscilla LeMone, Karen Burke, et. al.
Pearson Australia, 2015

Baxter, C. Chronic Pain Release through Yoga, The Yoga Site.

“Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Wellbeing” by Brian Luke Seaward
from Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Wellbeing
by Brian Luke Seaward
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006

Massage, visualization, distraction, and therapeutic touch are all helpful in relieving pain.

“Foundations of Mental Health Care E-Book” by Michelle Morrison-Valfre
from Foundations of Mental Health Care E-Book
by Michelle Morrison-Valfre
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

The following are a few methods that have been shown to help people with chronic pain.

“Living beyond Pain: A Holistic Approach to Manage Pain and Get Your Life Back” by Linda S. PhD Mintle, James W. DO Kribs
from Living beyond Pain: A Holistic Approach to Manage Pain and Get Your Life Back
by Linda S. PhD Mintle, James W. DO Kribs
Baker Publishing Group, 2019

Mindfulness meditation for chronic pain: systemic

“Bonica's Management of Pain” by Jane C. Ballantyne, Scott M. Fishman, James P. Rathmell
from Bonica’s Management of Pain
by Jane C. Ballantyne, Scott M. Fishman, James P. Rathmell
Wolters Kluwer Health, 2018

These techniques have helped many of our chronic pain patients.

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from Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion E-Book
by Jeffrey P. Okeson
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

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  • Thank uou Izzy. You are VERY helpful and so positive. Im st uggling with drs nit kniejnv anyghing ir honedtly theh just remember hearing and reading about the famikh if syndtomos. Ivd gad drs say y me tha “ITS ONKY S SYNDROM,” You have yo ge kidding me I’ve saud, that dhoukd say to yoj ther srd several to many isdues with it and it is a makformation of my g netic crlls. My vologen is faulty. Ivd never had. Surgical dcar heal properly ir fully without reopening. I had stomach acges as a child so oft n I m sedc a lot of elementry school. Which mad me a pretty good stud nt wotking hard alone in quiet. Stufing art n music violin an vocals whrn I was younb an as an adukg was a professional artist, semi retired and mostly due to my illnesses becsyse I still have idsas goals and so many dreams and a couple new product line udeas, thst eoulc grlp me save gir bith m husbsnc an I yo retire. Porr guh us dtill working so I have medical insurance sk J can get diagusnised and he surgetues gastro gyn and dental relatdd all awaiying me yo fin a dr to duaginodis m typr. I vlearl havd it impk. I believ mh dather fid gh more I learn. Mh son was disginised with Marfan and and I eds. My fagher vomes ftom region in Europe utx found misg i was detected irst, sirrh I girget. And it is also mosg ommon in m heritiage. My dreans ard dtill big im not done cresting nc eharin but neec m beslth. I csn evrn do bidros b cahse I cang go on x maera with m teeth. Irs humuliatung gojng o drs in thix ain looking as I do dkjnn divk in pain they hink Im dr shoppin but what am I to do? I’m in LA and there are no Drs to find what seem to be able to help me in this city a huge megatropolis of a city. With one adults genetic kindof local lab. I’ve been trying to get someone to help me submit documents and blood and skin samples from my stomach from a orthoscopy to a geneticists lab to test me fir tge tyoe I have. i do My on can grg tested ir marfsn either. Its so depressin. One local collegd is all sny Dr can gind in the entire city of Los Ang les, is that nit ty most rifuvlous thing yoh havd ever heard. The onky place to get me tested is at UC Irvine,in Orangd County nit evrn in L.A. proper. Its the only local place my Gastro dr can find and get needs to do poroceedures to igure out what and where the problems are repaied. He feels unqualified and asked me to perhapos not focus on eds. THSTS ABDOLU KY NIT HSPPNING THUX US TD LISEST I’VE EVER BEEN I HAVE ACTUAL SAMPLES THAT CAN GO TO THE GENETIST. BUT THE GASTRO DOESDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR.
    I too him no way absnolutly certain so to menot thats totsaly ubserd. I can trace my illnesees and connect them all to so so many of my childhood problems with a very strong medical history of typical symptoms that all should have been put together years and years and years ago. I have so much childhood issues teen and early adult to exasterbateted as I aged it all progressed and it has worsed greatly and noone but this one Dr ever put it all together for me. Until I was about 60 to 61 yrs old. I didn’t really take it totally seriously until I started to watch seminars ftom the society and the foundation they are remarkable. I advise anyone searching with similar issues to watch them yourselves yourselves and check those seminars out. It is like they are often telling my life’s stories. It can be both enlightening, frightening, and rewarding that you have a goal to seek out yo hopfully find answers. An unattainable one for me so far, its so hard to not to give up. However you can’t handle the pain it is too and VERY difficult being believed. My Dr who diaginosed me said what do the genetiscts need to know other than you are all stretchy inside. I said “Dr I believe its much more technicle than that.” To which he threw his sholders up. He says yo me its like your son is lthe real living Gumby boy, and you are too stretchy on the inside. VERY UNKIND AND NOT FUNNY TO ME AT ALL. Knowone knows anything about elhers danlos here. It’s so far been extreemly difficult to even get into see a Rheumatologist. To help me get diagnosed with so many major stomach issues like gastritous and food issues elimination issues my entire life. Starting at under ten having sympyoms of eds. I was hospitalized for testing it was so severe at the age of 9. I sytarted having what they were calling “false starts of RA starting at age 12.” They compared me to my father. NOW its full blown RA and spinal canal and arterial canal stenosis thats excruitating throughout my body as well. It is guite concentrated in my spine both cervical and lumbar. I’m prolapsed in a few places. I’ve had lumbar back surgery too in the past. Lots of issues and way too many to cover.
    I just watched your video on how you handle your pain. I am a huge pillow junkie, so I will be trying the two under the arms today.
    My daughter bought that body pillow for herself when she was pregnant and really loves it. You have convinced me. I will be ordering it today. Looks incredible. Thanks so much Lizzy. Sorry so long. I’ve watched a while now but never commented because I knew if I did it would be this long. So sorry.

    I need so much. I almost have no teeth left. They have all broken due to illnesses, treatments that very extreemly harsh on my body and the combinations of the illnesses, eds and the medications to end the diseases destroyed my very beautiful smile and teeth. Thats so beyond depressing, ontop of non stop pain and being humilated by drs. It’s BEYOND embarrassing, I don’t want to go anywhere or see anyone or open my mouth in public. I’m a horrible represenitive for myself. I’m so lost under 100 lbs. My gums are so worn away that its taken a lot of bone as well. I have to get the genetic conformation of my type before the dentist will even consider doing the implants, although he ssys there are no saveable teeth. As well as the more personal issues that aren’t approiate to talk about here. Whats VERY concerning to me is (what if the diagnosis prevents my abilty to get my teeth pulled removed and replaced? What will I do then?) If I can’t get them replaced, what hope do I have? I’ve been eating this meal for a year, at least. Prior to this meal I ate two other meals that I actually flavored that unfortunately were triggering my pain. So I had to cut out all lovely soft pastas that actually helped me keep calories and weight on. I can eat only graham crackers and canned chicken with mayo, a slice of cheddar cheese on soft fresh wheat bread. Honestly Period. The graham crackers basically melt in your mouth so they are very helpful. No teeth that are able to chew anything else and digestion is also a major issue so even before my teeth started to break off and fall out I couldn’t eat even things like grapes, apples, tomatoe skins. These things my can not and doesn’t digest, so I do not and can not consume them. Because they are breaking the few teeth I do have and my redceded gum and bone loss is VERY SIGNIFFIANT. My gums are and like hamburger meat. I’m not a big meat eatter so me even eating chicken is a protein demand of our bodies needs and my only sorce of energy so I pretty much need that food source. Its not possible with my issues to get a fully rounded diet unfortunately. I’m in fear a diagnosis will then prevent ANY dental drs from doing work or any surgergery on me. What then?????
    If you got this far thanks so much.

  • For your thc/ marijuana use consult one of the bud tenders/ compassionate care givers at the dispensary I can almost guarantee they will be able to help you find strains that fit your needs and if that still just isn’t working for you do 1,000mg of cbd or more and it should definitely help with pain management!!!

  • Image if you had tooth ache and the dentist says i cannot do anything about it you have to live with it for the rest of your life think what this can do to you both physically and mentally over months maybe years it affects every part of bit bit bit as you try to continue you do not remember what it is like to be pain free and normal? You just try to carry on day by day

  • bad THC experiences are often from sativa strains, if you feel like you want to start using it again i definitely suggest indica, as it doesn’t give you that specific type of “high” feeling that causes you to dissociate (or at least causes me to). sativa is often used for chronic pain bc it tends to be higher in THC but just in case you wanna try it out again that’s just my recommendation!

  • These R the ppl that make your pain worse and then dont want to see U because the pain is your fault… Better to not see these quacks at all

  • This is total garbage. If you have a level 7-10 of pain. None of the mentioned plans work.
    Unless you have had the real deal, you do not understand the problem. We need more research of
    Medical cannabis
    , Kratom, and other unstudied solutions. Big Pharma will not allow this. Big Pharma “donates” money to universities for studies, but not of things like cannabis. It is dirt cheap. No money to be made there.
    Most of the accidental overdoses of opioids like Percocet are intentional suicides. People get tired of the suffering. The FDA is a joke.

  • I do pretty much all these things. KT tape all over me today and splinted my one finger because it’s starting to turn to one side. I’m going to ask my rheumatologist about those meds though, cuz the methotrexate does nothing. The THC though, if you’re still afraid of it; I had a bad experience when I was first getting the dosage right, but it helps me sleep like nothing else! Might be worth trying again if your sleep is screwy. I haven’t had any more bad experiences.

  • Done the pillow thing all my life. Started doing it due to the bruises i’d wake up with from body parts being pushed against each other while I slept. Then found it helped with both comfort and joint pain to be able to wrap my limbs in pillows. Still havn’t solved the neck or side sleeping shoulder pain though. No “height” of pillows seems to fit right and I turn over so much that no one height works anyway. I tend to sleep on my side a lot of the time trying to get my neck and head in a more comfortable position, but this seriously hurts whatever arm i’m sleeping on. Can feel it pushing the shoulder out of join. I don’t dislocate that easily, instead getting more of a partial dislocation where it just isn’t fitting in joint correctly or I can feel the tissue tearing. Both hurt like hell, taking weeks to months to heal. Still no actual diagnosis but given my research in the last year hEDS or HSD are the most obvious diagnosis.
    I also have Autism and ADHD, and honestly think the Autism is the only reason I don’t run into more pain management issues. Seems to make it easier for me to ignore bone pain. Spoken with others with Autism and this seems to be a fairly common side effect, that we develop more of a tolerance for some types of pain. I do use pot or cbd. It absolutely helps me, but then i’m treating the Autism, ADHD and whatever this joint hypermobility disorder is; as well as depression. All are currently believed to benefit from medical pot or cbd.

  • Izzy when you mentioned Advil not being good but you take it when it’s really bad, please I can not stress this any more than I am, please be careful with that medication. Any pill with Naproxen, Ibuprofen or Aspirin products in them can lead to SEVERE damage to your stomach and esophagus, I should know because I did take that medication for a long time for my chronic pain because doctors didnt want to prescribe anything else, and now I’m paying the price for it, I have damaged my esophagus and stomach, and the damage is irreversible.

  • I have hypermobility (not as severe as yours) and the leg rolling thing has always been with me! I can’t really stand with my weight distributed properly on my foot for the same orthopedic reasons. People always acted like I was doing it on purpose as a kid and I realized seeing you talk about it that I’ve always seen it as a personal deficiency… Same with my difficulties with exercise all my life, which I now think are due to hypermobility orthopedic issues and possibility POTS. The adults around me really treated me like shit for not having the “good attitude” that would have magically transformed me into an athlete.

    It makes me so mad to realize how gaslit I was, and sad to the extent that I didn’t believe myself and my own pain. But also I’m happy to have the occasion to see all those experiences through a properly nonjudgmental lens.

  • So I’ve been dealing with gastroesophageal reflux disease (basically acid reflux but way worse and more often) and it’s internal pain and not something I can treat with ice, heat, basically anything topical but if anyone has any ideas to help the pain I’d really appreciate it!

  • Smart guy but what s the difference between yoga and physical therapy? One u do yourself, the other u pay someone to do stretch u out

  • I tried using KT tape but it ripped my skin off. I don’t know if it was the brand of tape I was using or if it was just my skin being fragile. What brand of KT tape do you use?

  • thans for this❤️��
    i’m 13 and i have much pain but my parent don’t believe me.
    i asked if i could go to the doctor but they just said no.
    the day i’m faking it and if i have eds or hds my joint would pop out/sub lox more but my joints do but i never tell them and this video really helped me❤️����

  • Exercise and exercise therapies, regardless of their form, are recommended in the management ofpatients with chronic pain. Advice to stay active should be given in addition to exercise therapy for patients withchronic low back pain, to improve disability in the long term.

    Treatment of chronic pain usually involves medicines and therapy. Medicines used forchronic pain include pain relievers, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. Different types of medicines help people who have different types of pain. You usually use long-acting medicines for constant pain.

    Under the general category of medications, there are both oral and topical therapies for the treatment of chronic pain. Oral medications include those that can be taken by mouth, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen, and opioids.

    NSAIDs and acetaminophen may be used alone to treat chronic pain, or they may be combined with other pain medications such as opioids and adjuvant analgesics. They may also be used to control breakthrough pain. Unlike opioids, many NSAIDs as well as acetaminophen (Tylenol) are available over-the-counter. For more details on pain meds, please write to [email protected] We do worldwide shipping of meds

  • For my EDS pain I exercise regularly to keep muscle mass on to help support and stabilize my joints, restorative yoga with careful stretching, epsom salt baths, foam rollers, tennis ball to get into areas rollers can’t hit, Icy Hot, and topical lidocaine. I also take low doses of oxycodone at strictly set times each day, and adding Catapres helps the oxy work better at a lower dose.

    Physical therapy is highly recommended for EDS patients, according to the Ehlers-Danlos Society experts.

  • Great video. I have been experiencing chronic pain after a severe sprain that affected my back, hip, leg, and foot. Having diabetes made healing slow. I decided to concentrate on other things. Listening to music, especially fast inspirational music, funny music and healing music has helped me. The pain is still there but for some reason the depression leaves and the pain seems not as severe or as bad as it iswhen I am just sitting quietly and thinking about it.

  • Hi, I have PoTS, fibromyalgia and RA. I am currently really struggling with a pain flare. I wanted to say THANK YOU for this video, especially for the pillows under the arms suggestion. My fibro targets my left shoulder, jaw and ribs. My RA is basically making all my joints hurt. Stuffing pillows under my arms has been a huge relief and I had never thought of it before!
    I usually use heat for relief but I think my PoTS is out of control and causing me to feel super hot like I have a fever so using my heat pad is miserable. Currently have an ice pack at my lower back and it is helping a bit. I need a bigger ice pack!
    So, thank you so so much for sharing your experiences. I really appreciate it x

  • Interesting, it’s mostly what I use too.
    I have very bad nerve shoulder pains that can give pain also in whole arm to fingers.
    I have water therapy and physiotherapy twice a week, which helps a lot with the pain.
    I also use a lot of warm water bottle on my shoulders (just fill it with warm water).
    If it’s not enough I use some essential oil gel, that have a cooling/tingly sensation.
    I used to wear braces on my wrists, but I’ve been off them for quite a while now.
    And surprisingly I take the same medicine as you lmao.
    I do take Duloxetine too, both for both antidepressant and nerve pain action. (though it makes my eyes super dry and sensitive to light, been wearing sunglasses ever since I take it)
    When the pain just is not manageable I take pills that have both paracetamol and codeine.

  • Hey Ive got ehlers danlos type 3 as well, and I never thought of using pillows to stabilize my legs so thanks for that. I have also just recently started using cbd oils, and creams and they really seem to help a lot and have also found its not so much the company as much as it comes down to which strain was used to make it. Just a heads up though the best thing you can do for pain management is to work out, the stronger you can get your muscles, the more they will help to keep your joints in place, I havnt had a single dislocation in 3 years, which is quite amazing considering I used to dislocate my shoulders while sleeping a few times a week. I also try my best to keep active, I’, 28 and have stayed away from wheelchairs and other assisted devices by keeping my body as healthy as it can be.

  • I have eds and have found Valor essential oil from Young Living is really good for my shoulder, collar bones and atlas that used to sublux or dislocate daily. With Valor every day on my Atlas, neck, collar bone and shoulders, I don’t sublux it dislocate hardly at all. They actually call it chiropractor in a bottle. Great stuff. I also use essential oils for pain, my favourite is called Panaway by Young Living, it is similar to the Deep Blue cream you use. I am considering braces, I’ve always been told not to use them as they encourage muscle wastage, but as I’m getting older it’s getting worse and I feel I need support. I’m also purchasing a power chair soon as I find walking far extremely hard with hip, knee and ankle subluxations and dislocations and I can’t push myself around in a normal wheelchair as my shoulders and fingers will dislocate. I’ve never really been one to go to the dr but as my pain and injuries are getting worse as I get older I’m considering going to the dr and seeing if I can get onto some kind of pain management program. Argh it’s so hard and especially hard at the moment. Your videos are really good, I’ve been enjoying watching them.

  • I would recommend this all natural product named alleviate creme. My boyfriend had serious migraine and back pain, once he apply this creme within minutes he’s doing great. You can get this at:

  • Omg, thank you for the pillows under the arms thing for neck pain!! I’m going to try that next time but I didn’t know that was a thing!

  • One of my pain doctors walked out while I was asking about a treatment option so he could get an early start on the weekend. I no longer accept Friday afternoon appointments.

  • Evaluating the whole person when it comes to chronic pain management is so important, as this video points out. For additional information on managing chronic pain, this article is helpful:

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  • I do every single one of these… My tens unit has also been helpful, although I currently cannot find mine and need to replace it.

  • I have gastroparesis and chronic pain as well and I’m also taking cbd oil. But I still cannot take it just right out of the dropper like you did lol you just took that like nothing.

  • Can I ask if you get pain EVERY day/have days where you don’t have any pain and actually feel pretty good/able? I don’t get really get joint pain, it’s largely muscle pain/aching all over my body and depending on what I’m doing, it can range from non existent to mild (/bearable) to unbearable (on occasion). Not sure if that still counts as chronic pain or not?
    Massages are a great pain reliever!

  • Izzy, have you every tried acupuncture for pain or gastroparesis or dysautonomia? I think your audience would benefit from your experience with acupuncture if you ever have the chance to get treatment from an experienced, astute practitioner. Your videos are very well done. Thank you for sharing.

  • L fkn Theanine & complete formula of amino acids dumbasses! ��
    Really sad when patients have to figure out what works cause doctors nowadays are too lazy minded & conformed to big pharma. Smh

  • what a great video! love your channel XXX just subbed ;)) would be awesome if we could keep in touch and support each other xx sending love

  • Advice for anyone battling this.
    Do not believe everything your doctor sais, you see 5 differant people and they will all say something differant. Frustrating and wasted time. Don’t be aggressive but you need to tell them what tests you want if they don’t suggest it.
    The only person who really cares about your health is yourself.
    Don’t waste 12 years like I did being tossed around people not believing you and telling you it’s all In your head

  • I live w chronic pains. First it was my lower back then the legs too. Then started having migraines. Now my whole back and neck and arms hurt. I’m miserable and I don’t know what to do. And to top it off some doctors are too scared to give you the proper pain controls. Ugh!

  • All the pillows and movement during sleep makes it fun for anyone else in the bed trying to sleep. LOL But the only alternative is to lie there in pain so you got to get a really understanding spouse/partner then.

  • Thank you so much for this! I have pretty unmanaged muscle and joint pain. I use a lot of icy hot and muscle rub lotions. My whole family can smell it throughout the entire house ��

  • I got my pregnancy pillow a couple of years ago and I can’t sleep without it! If I move around too much and push it out of place, I definitely notice a difference in my pain levels the next day.

  • such a helpful video! I started dealing with serious chronic pain this year, but looking back I can see symptoms of chronic joint pain and issues throughout my life.

  • I love your videos, this is definitely super helpful. I actually was looking for alternative pain relief options earlier today. I actually officially got diagnosed with HEDS last week, I was also diagnosed with a stomach ulcer last week. I am quite positive that the stomach ulcer was caused by my many years of taking way too many nsaids. Now that I have had to stop taking those, I have found my pain is pretty bad, and I have no really good alternatives to treat it. I used to take excedrin or goody’s for my extremely frequent headaches which is the only thing that really helped. Now the only option is tylenol and that just doesn’t cut it. I will have to try the pillows under the arms thing, since I have pretty bad neck pain.

  • Ugh! Yes! My neck, shoulder and JAW!!! I got Botox shots in my jaw & I could just KISS dr. Chopra for recommending that to me!! It cost me $400 (total) to get a shot on both sides of my jaw, but it’s been the most effective pain reduction I’ve experienced, this far! My last round of shots worked for 3 months! It was amazing! I just got another round of treatment, and I just wish all meds and therapies were as effective as this!

  • Really useful video, thank you. I too am in chronic pain and have no recollection of what life was like before! Thanks for all the ideas, I will be saving this one!❤

  • I really want to try a tens machine or this punching machine. I am on so much pain medication, it’s not nice! I am on the highest dose of Celebrex, novaminsulfon and a regular dose of tramadol and I use two different types of paincreme.

  • Some memory foam products can be good, if you can get one the right height they are supportive but it needs to be the right height for you, I have one that is too high n that makes my neck hurt more.

  • yey for pillows. I am a big fan of the bean bag style of pillow, supportive and also it warms with your body warmth so unlike wheat bags or hot water bottles 1. no refilling and 2 u can put it anywhere n no risk of it bursting. I want to find an option to support thumbs n wrist for washing up and for unloading the washing machine, can’t use metal splints with washing up gloves but REALLY need them when I have to load my joints when doing those tasks.

  • Oh dear I also have the problem of constantly moving and trying to find a good position! I have about 5 pillows in my bed and all of them get used��
    As for medication I take LDN (low dosed Naltrexone) which my doctor recommended to me and it works wonders! �� oc I dont have no pain but its gotten so much better with LDN! Highly recommend this��

  • Mayo Clinic used to be a cutting edge facility. They saved my dad’s life back in the early ’90s from Ulcerative Colitis. But a visit made there by myself, 25 years later for orthopedic issues and chronic pain left me feeling they aren’t anything special these days. I am sure you could find a university hospital that is specializing in pain management and get far better treatment. Capitalism has ruined Mayo Clinic, just like everything else in this world.

  • Hey I was just put on duloxetene a couple weeks ago! At first when one of my drs suggested it to me I internally rolled my eyes because I am so sick of drs throwing antidepressants at chronic pain patients as if it’s a proven solution (heads up: with the exception of a couple, antidepressants have not shown to be any better than a placebo when it comes to treating pain), but I’m actually kind of feeling hopeful about this one because I’m only like two weeks in and it’s already helping me sleep!

  • I use Deep Blue too! I found the way it works best for my body is to buy the essential oil blend and mix it in my favorite lotion. I find it is also a better value that way too. Great video! ����

  • I want to add in baths with epsom salt! There is a sport healing salt mixture that I love as well as some other magnesium salts or soothing bubble bath mixtures that have been a lifesaver for me on tough days.

  • I Wonder what you do apart from caring your own self! I think don’t get too much obsessed with eds. Sometimes be careless free bird.

  • Omg I cant do any exercise nerve firing after hysterectomy try having pain in your bladder and organs! cant hardly move I cant work let alone exercise

  • I love that other doctors are choosing NOT to start with opioids. In our practice where we specialize in giving people PERMANENT pain relief to those who have had more than 6 months of pain, we remove a special problem called ADHESION. If you’re struggling with pain that isn’t going away, I highly recommend trying to find an adhesion doctor near where you live.: )_

  • A lot of those things help me with my pain too. I tend to have more pain in the winter time, that’s why I try to stay in. I go outside and it’s too cold my body starts to hurt and we had a fire in February I’m glad Michael wasn’t home, anyway I didn’t have a jacket on, or socks temperature is 20° I was so cold and so sight that I thew up… ew what helps me is a nice warm shower, breathing exercises, I do sometimes take acetaminophen, and I’m constantly moving around in my wheelchair. Speaking of WHEELCHAIRS you look absolutely adorable in you manual wheelchair. Nice seeing you again. See you soon you’re friend James

    The McMillens

  • Oh my gawd you sound just like me. I’ve always said the same thing you say like about the Voltran Gel. The drs ask well how’s that working,”I don’t really know, I do put it on but I think it helps me more mentally so I keep using it. I’ve had chronic pain since the age of 4 and with age it only gets worse. I take cymbalta and also Lyrica for my nerve pain along with a huge list of other meds. I’d love to come off of everything. Thank you for posting such a great video. I’d love to have that gun but for now I have the blue S looking mechanism for now and let me tell ya that really works. Do you mind telling me where you got the cold machine, it may be in your description, but I’m about to check it out and see. Oh omg my pain patches that I use to use were basically worthless because they wouldn’t actually stick to your skin, but my dr found another brand that is absolutely amazing and does give some relief they’re called Z Tlido (there lidocaine parches) you should add them to your regimen.

  • How to manage pain? Just ignore it! That’s what I do… I have migraines… Every day…im 13 and I got my diagnosis one year ago…Meds don’t usually work… So I ignore the pain and do things that distract me…

  • This video made me miss my my brace collection. When I moved I miss placed all or them I changed jobs so I don’t have to take the with me every day. Although I had bad ankle swelling/slipping fun and I just my feet shrunk again so I have tight leather boots I got from a Army surplus store, great ankle support not much padding. I find it interesting how common heds is but until recently I spent more time explaining what it is to doctors. With this move most I have seen at least know what it is if not how to treat it.

  • Thank you for sharing your story, it was very helpful. I dont have EDS, I was misdiagnosed by the same doctor (yes I changed doctors, lol) TWICE and now I have chronic joint inflammation and pain. Im going to give some of your ideas a try. Thanks again, be blessed always

  • Hi, I have had constant chronic pain for about 20 yrs now. Through the years, I’ve learned “tools” to learn how to help ‘manage’ my pain. Now, I am active. I am certified and I instruct the 6 week Chronic Pain Self Management Program in my community to area seniors. It is an OAA grant funded program. We teach people with pain how to become ‘Active Self-Managers’ rather than ‘Passive SMs.” The program teaches a variety of ‘tools’ and ‘techniques.’ Check with your local hospital, senior centers, Area Agency on Aging Office in your county. If you don’t see it at the hospital, ask for it. There are programs out there, multidisciplinary programs. There are also chronic pain workbooks you can get if you can’t find a program. Even the Chronic Disease Self-Mgmt Program will help you. Learning and practicing Tai Chi and Meditation works well for me also. Exercise is also key-the right kind (aquatic, tai chi, qigong, chair/gentle yoga, walking…) With all these programs and activities, it take effort, a lot of effort on your part to learn and implement the tools…which will pay off in the long run! There is no magic pill for chronic pain or for chronic disease. It takes a number of approaches to help lower your level of pain. There is help out there.

  • Thank you for the value. How about hypnotherapy for pain reduction and pain relief. Read my book “The neuroscience of chronic pain relief”. I have helped many people to learn how to coach themselves to reduce and relieve pain. It works for acute and chronic pain(Gate control theory). There is for sure a way to get rid of the pain. I have helped many people to get rid of their pain.

  • How about fixing the source of the pain instead of managing? I am using all my tools and I still have pain. Let’s see a 69 year old patient instead of someone in their 20s

  • Very helpful Izzy. I use heat all the time but I’ve never seen an ice pad like yours. Can you please tell me the name and I’ll see if I can get one here in Australia���� I never bother with ice otherwise as it just doesn’t last long enough when you use ice out of the freezer.

    Can you let me know if you have had genetic testing or was your diagnosis a process of elimination? I am pondering about the benefits of genetic testing����‍♀️

    Hope your knee is doing better. Much love from Oz, Amanda xx��

    P.S. I also don’t like the cannabis oil for the head side effects. I don’t think it helps with my pain at all either and if anything I think it makes my chronic migraines worse. I have an appointment tomorrow and will ask about moving to just CBD oil. Thanks for highlighting that one ������

  • As this video point out, managing chronic pain is important, but alternatives to prescription medication should be considered. For older adults, it’s especially important to understand not just the physical pain, but mental health and other complications that may arise as a result:

  • I take opiates for my pain, it doesn’t really help it just takes like 1% of the pain away. But it’s better than nothing. Most the time I’m too smacked out to care that I’m in pain

  • Everybody looking for the big money coming in alternative solutions for chronic pain. I will stick with what works for me, Percocet.

  • Your video was awesome! In the beginning when you say you have been in pain for so long you don’t know what it’s like without it, know this is someone who knows what it’s like to be in serious pain. The Doterra cream has the same ingredients as mentholatum (think Vics Vapor rub) but vics is a lot cheaper.
    My pain is not from muscle or bones but from my pancreas. It is an internal pain that is crippling and is 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I use a combination of liquid hydrocodone and gabapentin which allows me to be able to live my life enough to do my own laundry and prepping my meals which are liquid. I also use meditation and conscious dreaming to help with being able to function. The pain meds cause me to be very sleepy and I sleep 6-8 hours a day. Even though you and I have a different kind of pain, I really enjoyed your video because it made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my pain. Thank you for doing these videos.

  • LIBERTY: freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

  • I came across this video looking for inspiration to deal with my ongoing pain, I am looking at it and she probably ended up taking pills for depression.:( So at the end is doing exactly what the pharmaceuticals want you to do, to be a live long time consumer and squeeze the insurances until they say we cannot pay your rehab any longer because you exceeded your limit set, so after that next is a person who not only is depressed but addicted to pain management and depression pills without hope because she never learnt to deal with pain in some other emotional ways.

  • CBD oil and mindful meditation can often help relieve chronic pain. Check out the ‘Pathways’ Pain Relief app. It’s a program that helps people manage pain and/or many other different health issues like Anxiety, IBS, Depression, Insomnia, PTSD, Endometriosis, Cancer Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Nerve Damage, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and all kinds of pain issues. It’s free to try for as long as you’d like (as far as I know there’s no expiry to the free stuff) or until you want to progress with the App more, then it’s about 70 Canadian dollars per year. I just found it a couple weeks ago and like it a lot. You can check in on your pain levels for each different health issues up to 4x/day or less; I sometimes skip a couple days at a time before checking in with the app and don’t feel guilty. It has you check off any good and bad contributing factors to your pain during each check in. It has easy and difficult challenges for the mind and body, physio stretches and exercise videos to follow, breathing and meditation audios to follow in short or long sessions, and it tracks your progress. But even better if you keep a journal while doing the app as well. All important for the health of your mind and body. The app is also great if you struggle to keep up with mind and body healing activities, or if you struggle to remember, or struggle to keep up these kind of routines like I do. I’ve been doing physio stretches and exercises for years, so my favorite aspect of the Pathways app is the pain level and factors it tracks and the many mediation audio recording to follow for beginners like me. Once you get into meditating a bit, check out Thich Nhat Hanh; a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition and Zen Master. He’s on YouTube, has a website Plum Village and many books to learn how master mindful meditation. Having a healthy mindful mind can relieve pain and help give you more energy to do all the body work it takes to recover in both mind and body. And never forget how much healing and energy music can bring. Best of luck in your healing. <3

  • I JUST started using a foam roller a few days ago. It is surprisingly helpful! I’ve had chronic, constant pain since 2014. I had a spinal that seemed to go perfectly fine, until the numbing effect wore off. The pain stayed.

  • I’m sorry have a doctor actually do their job and prescribe pain medicine for actual pain patients instead of Kissy goo gooing it up. I am a pain patient and I would love to have painkillers not to get high but to get relief but since all the lovely doctors of the world don’t want to do that…I am left to toil in suffer in pain so I really hope the doctors everywhere in America break every bone in their body and everyone denies him I’m sorry have a doctors actually do their job…. And in some cases doctors pain doesn’t improve I’ve been through the classes it doesn’t work…..

  • Hi! I am new to your channel and have been recently suspected by a few of my doctors to have hEDS. I was wondering if you have ever heard of a correlation between EDS and severe drug intolerance. I have heard a little bit about people having low reactions to general anesthetics but I’ve been wondering about intolerance to other types of medications (antidepressants, pain meds, hormones, etc.) I’ve also been having trouble finding a research article or study.

    Do you have any drug intolerance? Do you know anyone with EDS that does?

  • I swear by pillow supportsi have so many size and shape pillows, and I also have stuffed animals i use to support my lower back or my neck, since my head tends to feel too heavy for my neck to hold up.
    I also take duloxetine and it has worked wonders for my persistent depressive disorder but has not done anything for my pain, unfortunately:(
    Definitely going to try the underarm pillows and using ice more often!!

  • Distraction is my favourite pain relief, not found meds that help much yet, but a good video game can make it way less stressful (if I’ve got energy and mobility to play)!

  • Pain meds are “addictive” because they work! If you have been on pain meds for a consistent amount of time these other methods are a joke. “Rewire” the brain….Get real! Let me cut your arm off and let’s see your “rewire” technique in action. We have to stop letting ignorant people who don’t deal with our issues come up with solutions!

  • Have you tried ditching foamroller and stretching exercises to just focus more on stability and muscle gain? I have hypermobility and suffer from backpain for most of my teenage years, but when I started working out a lot, grew in size and also was able to deadlift 150kg I got rid of all my backpain. Btw. rolling the IT band is a big no no. It weakens it and will cause more pain.

  • So glad you made this video, I’m always looking for ideas on how to handle pain! I wholeheartedly recommend Stopain (they have it at CVS, I swear by that stuff, no other topical has helped me as much as that one). For me when pain is really unbearable it’s often a sudden onset so I have trouble thinking straight, so what has helped me a lot is having a list of pain fighting measures from least harmful (heat or cold, stopain, etc.) to most harmful (pain meds, at least harmful to me as my kidneys have suffered over the years). So that way I don’t have to think too much, and I can work my way through my list and see at what level I get relief. Idk if that makes sense, but maybe it helps someone. Love your videos, Izzy! Also, more kitties, please:)

  • My doctor never listened to me it got to the point I had to demand a x-ray to find out what was giving me chronic pain he was not happy about it but it was the best thing I said too him turns out I have a missing bone in my back but what made me stop seeing him again is he told me that my bone will grow back I was thinking what does he think I am a lizard? about five years later I find out he got fired from the doctor surgery for missing around with female patients

  • One of the worst doctors on the planet. Obviously you don’t have CONSTANT nerve pain. Stop making us feel like addicts because we can’t tolerate the pain. Have tried all the alternative treatments and they all suck.

  • Try this one. It can help you.

  • Using NSAIDs increase the risk of heart attack or stroke and have also been known to cause stomach ulcers and bleeding. They can also cause kidney problems.For details please visit here

  • I use a hand held electric massager for stiff muscles! I could dm u a pic, if u use it alongside a heat rub i find it so effective!

  • Bruh, she really doe ain’t got no hairline, bruh lil Beatles lookin hairline lookin, raggedy lookin bruh right here, u ain’t got no chronic disease, u just got wack ass hairline

  • I use narcotic pain meds. I take one in a high dose that lasts 24 hours, as well as some for breakthru pain. I used to hate it so so much and then my doctors said why should u be so miserable if u don’t have to.
    I also have a medical service dog, along with a heart monitor under my skin. I’m getting a pace maker and feeding tube on Monday.
    Depression is my worst enemy.

  • This could be considered the equivalent of turning gay people straight, Painkillers need to be scrutinised, but sometimes people need them for some quality of life. Not everyone is in the same boat as these people who just need a placebo for a cure.

  • People with out ever feeling real pian telling me how to get over it what a joke we pay millions and millions of dollars for you to tell me go home and suffer know this is freedom

  • Why don’t we all go in the street and scream.
    Physical dependence,is not addiction,that is a mental issue,far as I’m concerned.
    Right!! I wanna do Pilates,with grad 4 spondy

  • I wanted to like Deep Blue, but ended up having BAD allergic reactions to one of the oils in it. My dispensary has a natural tiger balm type topical with a one to one thc/CBD ration and that one works far better for me.

  • Prayer, Yin Yoga, hypnosis and CBD oil saved my life. I am happy that as a medical doctor you are searching for better alternatives.