The holidays can be a stressful time for many people with travel and family drama. Add chronic pain on top of all that and the holidays become no fun at all. But you can’t just skip your family Christmas or Hanukkah celebration. For most people, that’s just not an option. Thankfully, there are ways to manage your pain during holiday gatherings. In this article, we are going to offer a few tips for dealing with chronic pain during the holiday season.
First thing’s first – if you haven’t already, make an appointment with a pain management doctor who can diagnose the source of your pain and craft a treatment strategy that fits your needs. Having a pain management plan in place before the holiday season will make things much more enjoyable.
Whether you’re flying or taking a road trip, traveling long distances with a chronic pain condition is never any fun. If you’re taking medications for your pain, make sure you have enough for your travels and make sure you take your meds as directed during your trip.
Holiday stress drives a lot of people to eat and drink to excess. While these activities may make you feel better in the short term, they will likely only delay and exacerbate the problem. So keep an eye on what you’re eating and drinking, and don’t overdo anything.
Regular exercise is a great way to naturally fight stress and pain, but many people put their exercise routine on the back-burner during the holiday season. Keep working out when you can.
The pain management physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have over two decades of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions. Our board-certified pain doctors have the knowledge and expertise to fully diagnose and treat the underlying condition that’s causing your pain. Don’t suffer through the holiday season in pain. Be proactive and get effective treatment for your pain. Contact us at our Edina pain clinic today to set up your appointment and find a pain relief strategy that works for you.