Toolkit for Life with Chronic Pain
Inspired by folks' migraine toolkits, I'm posting a (partial) toolkit for Life with chronic pain.
In the top photo you can see my shiatsu massager, my tens machine, cranio cradle, ice packs, massage balls (kept in the freezer for a pleasant cooling affect), oversized heating pad, and extra large heat bag.
Bottom left is a collection of braces and compression garments: two different back braces, plantar fasciitis braces, ankle braces, wrist brace, compression gloves (two pairs, because I misplaced one and ordered a second), compression socks (one of multiple pairs), compression sleeve, full leg compression sleeves, calf compression sleeves, and one of my canes.
Finally a collection of medications, prescription and non, pain relieving ointments, eye drops, sunglasses and earplugs. I forgot to include my CBD oil.
Not included in the photos are my wardrobe of soft, loose fitting, comfortable clothing, made from natural, breathable fabrics (cotton, linen, and wool), and my comfortable, flat, supportive shoes (no more heels for me!) for all seasons and occasions. Also not making an appearance: my collection of essential oils (for rubbing on achy spots and putting in the bath), Epsom salts for the tub, grab bars, two weighted blankets (one for the bedroom, the other in the living room), and my pillow collection. I have a selection of regular pillows, two different designs of cervical pillow, and two body pillows.
Perhaps most important are my four legged family who keep me distracted and amused, keep my out of my own head, and encourage me to exercise.