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Advice for dealing with chronic aches and pain
October 15, 2013
I'm in pain a lot of the time. I don't like to complain, but I feel it and I know my family picks up on my discomfort. What can I do to help calm my chronic muscle and nerve pain?
– Pain That Won't Go Away
Nurse Susan replies:
Chronic pain, especially nerve pain, is a common issue for people with MS.
First and foremost, talk to your doctor about your pain. Keep track of what you're feeling and how often you feel it in a notebook or log. Bringing your notes to your doctor's appointments can help you start a conversation about pain and give your doctor valuable insight and information. Always talk to your doctor first as they may be able to suggest some medications that specifically treat pain.
Though it can sound counterintuitive, for many people, light exercise can also help with chronic pain. Going for a dip in a pool—either swimming or just walking across the shallow end—is an activity that won't put pressure on your achy joints and can help your muscles relax in the buoyancy of the water.
Other activities like yoga, stretching, or meditation focus specifically on relaxation, which can help ease pain. The National MS Society even has a list of resources to help you find an instructor that has experience in helping people with MS. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any kind of exercise regimen.
Whatever you choose to do about your pain, let your family know what's going on so they can help you track your symptoms. They may even want to join you in some of your new routines!
— Nurse Susan, MS One to One® Nurse
Helping since 2012