These are some of my techniques I use to deal with daily chronic pain.
I have leaned not to eat food when I first awaken. Why you might ask? Pain meds are more quickly absorbed on an empty stomach. I wait until my pain starts to calm down then I may eat something. I have cervical issues so I usually take a pain pill and muscle relaxer at the same time. Now sometimes this process hits a snag. If I develop a headache after taking my pain pill and muscle relaxer then I have to take a Headache prescription strength pill. Now that combined with my other two pills will ruin my just started day by making me extremely sleepy. I usually have a fifty percent chance of getting it right!!!
Now I can plan my day but wait....I can rarely makes plans ahead of time because who knows how I will be feeling. I know you all can relate to this. My wife says " lets go shopping all day, you can carry all my heavy bags" After a few stores I am looking for water for.....you guessed it, something to take my pain meds with. I start looking at my watch, surely we have been at this for four hours, but its really only been thirty minutes. I am ready for my ice bag. As you can guess, making plans with chronic pain is near impossible. I never know how I will be feeling and when I do feel ok, who knows for how long. I ask my wife," can we do somethings less physical" She replies "lets go to a movie".
We go to the movie theater, get popcorn and drink get seated and then....My neck starts hurting again. I look at the time thinking this movie must be over by now. Its only been about thirty minutes. I don't know about everyone else but when I am hurting I cant sit still. Here I am twisting turning in my seat. I finally get up and walk to lobby and you guessed it, take a pain pill. I get back in, sit down and my wife asks me are you alright? Of course I am my dear loving wife, could you take out your finger nail file and perform a two level discectomy for me please!!! My point being I think we all have different techniques that get us through our day.
How about the rest of my SH fellow sufferers, I would love to hear how you all cope with your daily routines. I might even learn a thing or two.