Monday, November 3, 2008

What helps?

I received a response to one of my posts asking if acupuncture helps. It got me to thinking that it's hard to point to just one thing that keeps me going. My pain management has been a long active progression through many years. I have noticed that each little thing makes me a little bit better. One little thing that I've been working on lately is an adjustment in posture.

The last time I saw my acupuncturist, he told me that I had tension in my shoulders from looking down a lot when I read or look at the computer, and that I needed to try to stop looking down so much.

Yesterday, I was volunteering at the Obama phone banks by calling as many nice people in New Hampshire I could manage, and I started to get pain in my shoulders. Sure enough when I thought about it, I realized that I had been staring down at a clipboard. I adjusted the clipboard such that I stared straight ahead and my pain improved immensely.

Managing pain is a diligent job. We have to watch many things. We have to watch what we eat, how we sit, medications, and exercise, just to name a few. It's hard to just choose one thing, and we often have to try everything before we see relief.

Have a lupie day.


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