Living with chronic pain: things I've found helpful
Bedding. Anyone with all over body pain should try Bamboo sheets. They are so light weight and airy that they can help alleviate pressure/weight from bedding. I have to create little 'tents' at my feet because the bedding weight (even from just single layer sheets) over my toes is painful. As well, I toss and turn all night because staying in one position too long is painful. The lightweight silkiness of these sheets address both of those problems. There is nothing softer on the skin, it will feel quite decadent and there is none of the slipperiness or static of silk. They wick away moisture, always feel lightly cool while keeping you wonderfully warm at the same time. Be sure to get 100% bamboo, and also consider trying silk/cotton blend pillowcases if you are prone to an overly warm head at night. I also recommend the silk stuffed duvets if you have heat regulation issues, these are also super lightweight and hypo-allergenic.
Beverage glasswear. There are times when lifting and holding drinkware is very difficult. Cup handles can be bruising to my fingers and I'd taken to holding my drinking glasses with two hands. My hands hurt and are weak, even the 2oz addition in the new Denby teacups is intolerable (we weighed them, it felt like a pound was added to these tiny cups!) and I avoid them, I will rummage about for the older ones. I now use just Bodum drinking glasses and handled glasses for hot beverages. You can get these with additional insulated layers but I like the single layer. These are temperature safe borosilicate glass and are supremely lightweight, and I can often easily manage large glasses and mugs with rarely a wobble. It feels quite delicate compared to the typical drinkwear but holds up very well in dishwashers.
Exercise: Over the years, physical activity has pretty much become an impossibility. Even if the energy is good enough it only brings more pain and exhaustion. My joints ache, my muscles ache, I am weak and the last thing I want to consider is exerting my poor body. But I know I will degrade more if I do nothing, so this week I bought a Whole Body Vibration (WBV) machine. It is quite amazing. There is no exertion, no stress, no real effort at all. The machine takes me through the entire workout and within 30 minutes (10 minutes of workout with rests between sessions) I am good for a couple of days. 10 minute workouts, three times a week is what is recommended. The benefits are HUGE. (Here's another link: http://www.wholebodyvibration.ca/) I feel pretty pooped for the rest of the day and I tingle all over, but not uncomfortably so. It feels like I've had a great workout but I have no pain from it at all.
I hope someone finds these tips helpful. They've each made a QoL difference to me.
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