To start today’s post, I want to give a shout out to fellow author John W. Quinn (Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy) for discussing cerebral palsy and pain management in his most recent vlog post. Watch below!
Now the reason I’m recognizing John deals with the fact since Saturday, April 13th this post titled “Relieving Cerebral Palsy Related Pain and Discomfort” remained dormant in my blog’s “Drafts” folder. Watching John’s video blog lifted the writer’s block keeping the post under draft status. So to the subject at hand pain/discomfort management and cerebral palsy.
Personally I find pain management falls into two categories, preventive measures and relief. Preventive measures involve battling the pain or discomfort prior to the aches attacking your body. In my opinion frequent stretching and exercising works best at prevention. Exercises I fit into my regular routine include hamstring stretches, ankle stretches, and riding my stationary bike.
Additionally I’m on a prescription drug called baclofen, which I guess falls under preventive action. I mean I’m not in pain before taking the pill (three times a day). Baclofen acts as a muscle relaxer, keeping my muscles from tightening and cramping.
Moving forward to pain relief, I often rely on a product named ICYHOT. Whether my shoulder, thigh, or back flares up I can turn to ICYHOT for quick relief. Seriously, I’m so incredibly thankful for the product.
On occasion though, the problem may persist. In these situations I reach for any standard over-the-counter pain medication, preferably Advil. The few times my entire body aches, a hot shower works nicely too.
Your turn! What about you? How do you handle your cerebral palsy related pain and discomfort? Leave your insights with a comment below!