There’s a moment before the real pain of a chronic condition kicks in that you think to yourself . . . oh no . . . Here it comes. Honestly, going through the pain of an endometriosis flare up is bad enough, but to know that this will repeat every few weeks is sometimes too much to bear. So what else can you do in these situations but try to make the best of it. Chronic pain is no joke, but I hope my suggestions make you feel a tiny bit brighter, as they do for me.
Hot water bottle. I tried this after seeing it on many endo blogs and thank you ladies! It honestly helps to take away the aching in my tummy and hip, and although I end up with red splotches all over my body, it’s so worth it for the comfort it brings. My hottie cover is fluffy too, and some how that cheers me up.
Hot drinks. I feel the need to be toasty and cosy when I’m having a flare up and hot drinks are brilliant for soothing. My go to is lemon and ginger with extra fresh ginger slices and lemon juice added. I’m sure it’s placebo effect, but it does perk me up.
Someone to cuddle. Forgive me for being a bit sappy, but having someone else there, a partner, a friend, a sibling, a pet, a teddy bear, can really help to make you feel less lonely and that you’re not facing this challenge solo.
Entertainment. I find it so easy to wallow in my own self-pity when I’m in pain, so I need good distractions. I find comfort in digging out my old favourite movies, ones that I’ve seen scores of times before. Or picking out a new show on Netflix. Or reading if I’m ok to prop myself up. I must admit, I tend to distance myself a little bit from social media when I’m poorly, just because it can give me a bit of FOMO and envy. But it is lovely to connect with people and have a chat online.
Suitable food. I’ve touched on this before in my What to Eat When You’re Sick post, but as I’ve gained more experience of endo flare ups, the more crucial food has become. Indigestion can make the pain worse, as can just feeling too full or too much of the wrong kind of food. I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but I find soup the best for when I’m in the middle of the storm. It’s nutritious, filling but gentle on my insides.
What would you add to this list? I’m always willing to hear more tips to alleviate pain and grumpiness. Please leave your suggestions in the comments section below, or feel free to come say hi on Instagram @boowholefoods