Pain Management

As I hope you have read in my books and/or the About page, you will see I no longer take any medications for pain. In the long run, the side effects weren't worth it to me. Plus, I kept building up a tolerance to them, so they didn't work anymore.

This is a list of things I often do to cope with flare-ups... which can merely be an increase in pain intensity on top of my 'normal.' I keep a list handy because when pain shoots up, my brain goes on vacation. I believe this is the same with everyone.
  • Close my eyes and BREATHE. Release any tension in my body upon each exhale.
  • Massage ears with one of the many essential oils I have on hand (or massage them without oil. Ears have a lot of acupuncture points. i.e. Balance or AromaTouch blends (doTERRA).
  • Combine Copaiba oil (doTERRA or Revive) with lotion and rub into my legs and shoulders.
  • Do the Donna Eden energy routine to stimulate the vagal nerve.
  • Listen to singing bowls on YouTube.
  • Meditate (see Meditation page).
  • Lay in bed and read.
  • Drink more water, including hot water with honey.
  • Practice the mind exercises I learned, including appreciation and gratitude.
  • Move my body parts to remind it that even though I still hurt, I can still move.
When pain strikes my upper back, shoulders, arms, and down to my hands:
  • Use s-curved massage gadget to work on knots/spasms.
  • Use self-massager on my back, hips, and thighs.
  • Apply wireless TENS unit on across the lower neck vertebrae. 
  • Wear Tourmaline sleeves.
  • Use inflatable neck traction.
  • Apply Past Tense blend (doTERRA) to the base of my occipital point and rub in.
  • Use Thermalon heat wrap on my shoulders.
  • Wear wrist braces.
  • List from above.
When my knees complain:
  • Rub Deep Blue (doTERRA) oil with lotion into my knees.
  • Apply compression sleeves to knees.
  • Use Thermalon heat wrap.
When my sinuses complain:
  • Use moist heat (bead) packs.
  • Use saline nasal spray.
  • Turn on humidifiers.
  • Inhale peppermint oil and/or Breathe essential oil blend.
  • Do lymphatic drainage massage.

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