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Managing pain during isolation

Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team

A period of self isolation doesn’t mean all conditions and medical needs cease to exist. You might experience higher levels of pain due to stress, become stiff due to less movement or have a flare up. I know stress can be a major trigger for some people and it’s safe to say the current situation will be challenging. 

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Here are a few things you can do:

If you do become unwell then please do not hesitate to contact your GP or call 111. Your health is still important and you deserve support, just like everyone else. Your GP should be able to do a telephone appointment if you need extra support. 

Take things easy

It is okay if you are finding this overwhelming and scary — because it is. It may take a while for you to be able to adjust and that is okay. It’s your physical and mental wellbeing that is fundamental. Allow your body and mind the chance to adapt and try not to pressure yourself. 

Try and make sure you take at least an hour a day for yourself. Maybe even write a list of relaxing things you can do if you need to step away. 

Take each day as it comes, stay safe and look after yourself. You’ve got this!

What would you suggest for managing pain? Let is know in the comments below.

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    No problem at all @Stayce! Thank you for adding in your suggestions. :)
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  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 357 Pioneering
    Hi @Chloe_Scope
                                    Thank you for sharing this, it is very useful! If you are able, I am continuing to do my physio programme from home to try to help prevent muscles from becoming too stiff. Thank you.
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,882 Member - under moderation
    This is my list of activities for isolation

    1- Learn a new skill
    2- Do a baking session with your family
    3- Watch a new TV programme or movie on Netflix
    4- Start a blog
    5- Exercise 
    6- Hold a meaningful discussion on politics etc
    7- Treat yourself to a nice new bottle of wine, ice cream or a massage
    8- Read a new book 
    9- Take photos of your family members with permission
    10- Mess around with water

    I hope this is useful! 
  • squeaksqueak Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you for your information it's very useful. For stiffness I find warm shower hose just allowing to trickle down sore patches and when warm gently rub the area this helps to soften muscles and soft tissues hope this helps Squeak
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Thank you everyone for these, all really helpful!

    @WestHam06, at the weekend I found my old physio exercises. Normally I just try to walk as much as I can, obviously that's a bit tricky at the moment!

    Some great suggestions @April2018mom. :)

    Welcome to the community @squeak! Great to have you with us.. Thank you for your suggestion, warm water can definitely help! 
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  • JayneLJayneL Member Posts: 1 Listener
    I've turned to online learning, my passion has always been Ancient Rome so I'm taking advantage of a Free course at futurelearn.com, but there are literally 100's of providers have a browse.

    Otherwise it's me and my kindle. Stay Safe Everyone
  • mrbuttonsmrbuttons Member Posts: 221 Pioneering
    I've just done a guided meditation on the Calm youtube channel. it really helped to relax e and eased my pain and stress. they do them every day when people can join in a group discussion if they want. the guided meditations are always available on their YT channel at any time. this one is yesterdays

    there is another live one tonight at 5.15 pm

  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,882 Member - under moderation
    Amazon has a selection of games for people to buy. I finished my course in nutrition earlier. 
  • SylivaSyliva Member Posts: 6 Listener
    I have started to sort lot things out I can't get up stairs I have selp downstairs for 12 yrs and with my hubby killing himself due to no reson just get out for the horrible things he done left me in all kinds dept plus it was on top Xmas I now suffer bad deppreson plus heart failure diebetic copd highptteson  rumeyed arthritis blackouts and more but I try carry on for my family who don't bist just phone I have no one but try prod along x
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Hi @Syliva, really sorry to hear abut your husband, that must be really difficult. 

    We have an article about mental wellbeing during COVID-19 which you might find useful.

    I hope you are safe and are able to get the essentials that you need.
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  • Alpine88Alpine88 Member Posts: 13 Listener
    Guided meditations are really helping me. I use an app called Breethe (that spelling really irritates me!) Really good app though and a huge range of meditations including dealing with pain. 
    I'm also enjoying adult painting by numbers, adult geometric sticker books, colouring in and jigsaws.... 31 going on 6 lol! All very relaxing though. 
    I've reconnected with some old friends and been chatting with them daily and doing silly video calls which is fun. 
    Tonight my partner and I sat in the garden and had a fire pit and did a YouTube live quiz which was great fun. 

    On the downside I've been struggling with my sleep and meds. I had a 0 sleep night and then followed with sleeping yesterday 11pm - 7pm today. Now its 1.30am and I'm wide awake! Trying to be kind to myself and just think well if I'm up I might as well watch TV and chill and then tomorrow if I sleep in i will try and get up by midday x
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Thank you for sharing this @Alpine88! Sorry to hear you have been unable to sleep.

    How are things at the moment?
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  • Empathy56Empathy56 Member Posts: 4 Connected
    Hi,I have found myself in more pain due to anxiety about the virus.I am what they class as vulnerable due to many health complaints.But have found that along with my pain medications,meditation and healing videos on youtube have helped me a lot.The drs messed up my prescription and I had to phone 111 to get my painkillers,so that caused a bit of anxiety too.But sorted now hopefully.I think we are all anxious at the moment.The isolation doesn't bother me as the only times I go out are for hospital appointments or blood tests,so I am coping fine with that. :) Wishing everyone well and better days to come. <3
     <3 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    I'm glad you managed to get your medication sorted @Empathy56! That's true, it's an anxious time and it okay to feel this way. It's great that you have been able to find things that work for you and I hope they continue to help. :)
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  • littlecheflittlechef Member Posts: 63 Courageous
    Hello. I'm trying to do my 10,000 steps aday but as I'm now been put into shilding I can only do this in my own garden so walking up and down my path as much as I can but my breathing not very good at the moment. 
  • TopkittenTopkitten Member Posts: 1,084 Pioneering
    I'm afraid that it is all very well to post something for the majority that can use it but (just like being disabled) for those of us in a minority it can be annoying.

    • Keep taking medication

    • Hard to keep taking medication when it is difficult to get it delivered on time and isn't right anyway

    • .Hydrate

    • Requires movement and that increases pain

    • Online resources for managing pain

    • Not much I don't know about pain after 15 years but my ISP is so bad it's hard to get and keep the internet up

    • Ensure you have methods of pain relief (heat, ice, TENS machine…)

    • Heat, Ice, TENS etc. are for muscular pain mostly and not the neural pain I get

    • A cosy blanket and a comfy place to sit or lie

    • I spend most of my day (for nearly 2 years now) in a recliner chair which is only just so much help unless I sleep

    • Mindfulness 

    • Been doing this for years, only so much help for me

    • Scented candles that can help you relax

    • Tried but overcome by the anger over mistreatment and internet service problems which make me angry

    • Gentle stretches

    • ANY exercise increases pain, even gentle stretches

    • Things that can aid as distraction (books, films, crafts…)

    • Crappy internet service affects online and TV situation, anything else requires moving about and it's hard enough just getting food and drink without passing out from pain

    Sorry, I know I should be more positive but when even the GP's wont treat me properly and the surgeries will not transfer housebound patients it's hard to see any way forward that isn't just more and more miserable.

    TK
    "I'm on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell" - from Wrong side of heaven by Five Finger Death Punch.
  • littlecheflittlechef Member Posts: 63 Courageous
    edited April 27
    @Hi top kitten 
    So sorry if you are upset about some comments maybe what I made but I'm struggling with my breathing with my condition and if I go into a crisis situation i need oxygen or I could die , sorry If it was my comment .😭
  • TopkittenTopkitten Member Posts: 1,084 Pioneering
    @littlechef, don't worry I am just effed off with the whole situation, especially when all this effing about will only delay most of us getting ill once the ban is lifted. It's just a stupid government reaction ONLY made necessary due to their incompetence in handling funding for the NHS making it impossible for it to cope. I average one trip to hospital a month over the last 3 years and can only go by ambulance so I have seen the deterioration for myself. Now loosing my only lifeline (internet) so often and loosing what I type so frequently is making me very angry and is doing my already high blood pressure no good at all. I am just sick of the deception and the predictions of "safety" when they have no idea at all just how safe it might be.

    TK
    "I'm on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell" - from Wrong side of heaven by Five Finger Death Punch.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Hi @Topkitten

    I understand, and appreciate that these methods won't work for everyone. With some of them having no benefit to me.

    The purpose of the post is to offer suggestions about the things people could try. 

    I hope you are keeping well.
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  • Sorry_SusanSorry_Susan Member Posts: 30 Connected
    We are struggling with pain management. At.T's sent us back to GP thanks to Covid. GP can't help and is waiting for advice from S t. T's. 
    I don't know who to turn to.
    Any ideas?
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Really sorry to hear this @Sorry_Susan, how are you feeling today?
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  • jasmineiranijasmineirani Scope Volunteer Posts: 65 Courageous
    Hi I am Jasmine and I have just joined recently and I have listened to the meditating video and it has really helped and would like to do it every day to keep me calm. I started to get stressed when I was a teenager and I don't know why it happens to me. It just comes and goes if I am having a bad day which I was before I got online today. So it is not just the lockdown that creates this it has been happening to me for a long time. so I thought that someone could help me on that and get rid of it completely. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Thanks for sharing this @jasmineirani! Great to have you with us. :)
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  • jasmineiranijasmineirani Scope Volunteer Posts: 65 Courageous
    I found the Meditation video that you were looking for. I found it on the Managing Pain In Isolation section. I hope this helps you. 
  • jasmineiranijasmineirani Scope Volunteer Posts: 65 Courageous
    Good morning everyone. I have just done meditation today which was really good. I found it on youtube. Very helpful. What are you lot up to today. I hope you are all keeping well and safe. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Good morning everyone. I have just done meditation today which was really good. I found it on youtube. Very helpful. What are you lot up to today. I hope you are all keeping well and safe. 
    So glad it was helpful @jasmineirani!! I'm hoping to finish my book tonight, what are you doing? :)
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  • jasmineiranijasmineirani Scope Volunteer Posts: 65 Courageous
    Just gong to finish up on the computer and then maybe do may word search which I enjoy doing. Did my Zumba this morning which felt good. What are you up to today. 
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