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How To Ease Chronic Pain At Night

Many chronic pain sufferers complain of increased pain at night. In this blog, we provide tips on how you can overcome this.

 

Many chronic pain sufferers complain of increased pain at night. In this blog, we provide tips on how you can overcome this.

Chronic pain is extremely debilitating, having a negative impact on the lives of patients forever. Sufferers of chronic pain experience extreme pain, major discomfort and irritability on a daily basis. Symptoms can often be so bad for patients that the prospect of continuing on with life alongside the condition is seen as unbearable. The severity of symptoms varies from day to day, however, most people who suffer with chronic pain often experience worsened symptoms during the night. The exact answer as to why chronic pain becomes worse at night remains a mystery, although experts believe sleep deprivation, external factors and body pressure are all contributing factors. With worsened pain comes increased discomfort, which increases your risk of becoming dangerously sleep deprived, leading to a never-ending vicious cycle. Although the exact cause remains unknown, there are things you can do to make yourself more comfortable during the night, ease your pain and get a good night’s sleep for once. Read on to find out more.

– Heat up

At night, the temperature drops, which can affect your perception of pain and make it worse. Combat the cold by investing in a heated blanket or pad, as they can be a great treatment for those with pain, particularly back pain. If you are still feeling the cold, try turning the heating on to warm the interior of your home throughout.

– Remember to relax

This may seem obvious, but relaxation is key. However, this is easier said than done. Nighttime is notorious for being the prime time for overthinking and anxious thoughts, which in turn will increase your pain and discomfort. Before going to bed, take some time out to wind down and rid yourself of bad thoughts. This will make falling asleep much easier. Have a bubble bath with calming oils, drink a cup of green tea, listen to some relaxing music and rejuvenate.

– Comfort is key

Make sure your room is as comfortable as it can be. Invest in some soft pillows, comfy bedding and perhaps a scented candle or two. Without comfort, you will find it very hard to think about anything else other than your pain and relaxing will be extremely difficult.

– Focus on your breathing

Experts believe that breathing techniques are effective for reducing pain and relieving stress. As you feel pain, your heart rate and blood pressure will rise, increasing the rate in which you breathe and causing your muscles to tighten. When this happens, it is important for you to control your breathing. To do so, breathe slowly and deeply or adopt one of the well-known techniques outlined in this article.

– Think about pain medication

If natural remedies aren’t working or over-the-counter ibuprofens just aren’t cutting it, then we would always advise speaking to your doctor to find out what your options are for stronger pain medication. It may be that your current medication is too weak to tackle the pain you are experiencing, or your GP may know of a more successful treatment for you depending on your specific case.

As chronic pain solicitors, we understand all too well how the condition affects the daily lives of sufferers. As we work directly with sufferers, we often witness firsthand how the pain caused can take its toll. If you are a fellow sufferer who often experiences increased pain at night, then we hope this blog post has helped to provide you with some potential solutions. We would love to hear from you if you are someone who suffers with the condition as a result of an accident or injury that was not your fault, as you could be entitled to a large sum of compensation and we can help you. To find out whether or not you have a case, simply fill in our online contact form here or call our offices directly on 0161 737 9248.

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