My Best Trick for Pain Relief

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My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby Violet M » Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:18 pm

I had a lot of increased burning after surgery that eventually faded away (after many months). What helped me get through the worst of it was to alternate sitting in a shallow tub of very warm water and a shallow tub of cold ice water. The tubs were up on crates in my bathtub.

The crates were like: this http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-Fil ... 6/14138976
http://tinyurl.com/nmju4lh
The shallow tubs were like this: http://www.walmart.com/browse/storage-o ... 828_163961
http://tinyurl.com/nlcbjzx

The alternating hot/cold was invigorating and brought fresh blood to the area -- maybe why I recovered so well?

I used a kid inflatable swim ring to sit on. I know this sounds really crazy and it may not help everyone but it was a lifesaver for me.

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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby kathyd » Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:48 am

Hi Violet
Thanks for posting your pain relief trick.
I have a question about how you set it up...Did you put these (bins) - they look like the kind one stores clothes in etc)
inside your regular tub and then put your buttocks (sorry to be so explicit!) inside the bid of either cold or hot water?
And why did the bins have to sit on top of crates?( like the egg crates in your link)

Not sure Im understanding your setup....Don't mind my denseness!
but why not just lie in an actual bathtub of of war water and then one of cold water... Is it cause of the time constraint in running a bath of one temp and then another temp etc?

It sounds like a good idea...I don't have burning pain, but instead its always been intense throbbing....which went to anal area and surrounding spots and increased dramatically in intensity after nerve surgery with Dr Dellon , and more so as time passed..
Could you explain why you set it up the way you did if you don't mind, instead of just lying a regular tub?
Thx so much in advance
Best of luckl
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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby Violet M » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:50 am

Right, I put the shallow tubs of hot and cold water on top of the crates in a bathtub so I could transfer back and forth quickly and because for me it was very uncomfortable sitting in a regular tub. The instructions I had received from a nurse who is into natural healing was to sit in the hot water for 2 min and then the ice water for 30 seconds alternating 4 times and always ending with cold. It would be too hard and take too long to keep changing the water in the tub. I kept a pitcher of water nearby so I could keep adding hot water to the hot water tub. I think I also kept some ice cubes nearby to keep adding to the cold tub.

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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby kathyd » Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:48 am

Thanks Violet
for explaining..
Im glad that it helped you and I can see how it makes sense.
It can't hurt to try.

I usually don't have buring pain..... mine became throbbing anal pain and tight spasms in the right vulvar perineal area when trying to pee....
This pain came on just about 2 years ago.. 3 mos post surgery (nerve resection)

Could this help throbbing pain, if its neuropathic which we all think it is? Im pursuing pain control currently but meanwhile anything to help things along naturally would be great, right!

I also have a friend from these board who has severe burning pain so I will pass this info to her, as I don't think she is on the boards much lately

Thank you!
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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby Violet M » Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:54 am

Kathy, I don't know if it will help throbbing pain but it should help muscle spasms and tight tense pelvic floor muscles. The equipment is pretty inexpensive so it shouldn't hurt to try.

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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby Ray P. » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:33 pm

What has been working for me is to find new hobbies and things to do to get my mind off the pain.
Yes I know we are limited in what we can do. I started collecting old radios as one example.
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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby Violet M » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:48 am

Ray, that reminds me...while I did the hot/cold water treatments I read a good book as a distraction. Anything you can do to keep your mind off the pain is good.

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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby kathyd » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:48 am

Hi Violet and Ray ,
Good ideas thanks..
Anything that grabs your attention is worthwhile!
I too, find too that the best medicine for me is distraction when possible. I like shopping, even if I don't buy a thing.
It helps with morale to be out and doing things whenever possible..
even if something increases pain, ..for me going somewhere may mean standing awhile or having to perch on a chair, etc.
Both could increase my pain temporarily,
but the change of scene and participating in life mean so much to me, that its worth it!

I also find that a restaurant may be more doable if they have bar stool chairs, where I can alternate between perching on the edge and standing..
Sometimes I take a walk, or if necessary, lie down in the car while waiting for the food to come..
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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby Violet M » Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:06 am

Just posting to bring this thread up in the list.

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Re: My Best Trick for Pain Relief

Postby rechbill » Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:37 am

Fentynal is my best trick. It is a cancer pain med and is 10 times stronger than morphine. I don't think I would be here without it. My pain wae 8 to 10 without it and 3 to 4 with it. I am down to 2 some days, but on other days I need additional morphine to sleep.
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