Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)

Attleboro, MA(508) 236-8333
Franklin, MA(508) 541-0004
South Kingstown, RI (401) 234-9677
Warwick, RI(401) 352-0007

Franklin, MA • (508) 541-0004
Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677

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Preventing Holiday Headaches and Migraines

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 14, 2018
Comprehensive Pain Management - Headaches and Migraines in Franklin, MA

From dealing with “the in-laws,” to waiting in endless lines while doing holiday shopping, the holiday season can sometimes be less than jolly. What’s worse is that for millions of migraine sufferers, the holidays can be even painful…literally.

If you think of every potential trigger for migraine, this is the time of year we expose our migraine sufferers to all of them. We tend not to eat right, exercise enough, sleep well, and stress levels definitely tend to escalate. The good news for migraine sufferers is that there are things they can do to prevent severe episodes of migraine.

  • Plan in advance: Make lists of everything you need to do, buy, pack or cook. If traveling, allow extra time to navigate airports and crowded highways. If possible, don’t shop during peak hours when stores are mobbed.
  • Don’t skip meals: Empty stomachs can spur headaches. If unable to follow your normal eating schedule, pack snacks. Avoid foods such as ripe cheeses, processed meats, and chocolate, which can cause headaches in susceptible people.
  • Avoid last-minute shopping: Winter coats, hot stores, long checkout lines, and looming Christmas deadlines can give even the most ardent shopaholic a tension headache. Don’t try to pack too much shopping into one day. Shop early, or consider online or catalog shopping.
  • Limit exposure to smoke or perfume-filled rooms: Both can trigger headaches. Find some fresh air.
  • If you drink, do so in moderation: Alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water. Avoid red wine, which contains an amino acid known to trigger headaches. Limit your alcohol intake in the hour or two before bedtime.
  • Schedule personal time: Many people try to pack too much holiday socializing into too little time. Don’t feel you must attend every holiday event to which you are invited. Give yourself a break and plan some down time. A few hours alone each week can reduce stress.
  • Maintain a regular sleep and eating schedule: Changes in either of these areas can bring on migraines.

For more information on managing chronic pain, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Franklin, MA.

Source: americanmigrainefoundation.org

Managing Chronic Pain During the Holiday Season

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Comprehensive Pain Management - Spinal Cord Stimulation in Franklin, MA

The holiday season can be filled with joy and cheer; however, this busy season can also be filled with pressure and anxiety. For those individuals living with , increased stress and fatigue can result in escalation of their painful conditions. Below are some helpful recommendations that can make the holiday season more comfortable and enjoyable.

Prioritize those activities most important to you

The holidays can be extremely busy with shopping, traveling and family gatherings. Try to set limitations for yourself and choose to participate in activities you can comfortably enjoy.

Exercise and keep active

Do NOT eliminate health and fitness from your schedule in December. Aerobic activity, gentle stretching, yoga or even starting a physical therapy program is a great method to manage pain and improve mental health.

Maintain nutrition and healthy eating habits

Holiday gatherings are usually filled with tempting sweets and indulgences. It is often difficult to consider losing weight during the holiday season; a better goal would be to maintain your current weight, eat healthy and try to consistently have a good night’s sleep. In addition, try to limit any alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a depressant and can thus intensify pain. Moderation is the key to success with diet.

Pace and plan your activities

Try to avoid the added stress of last minute tasks. Plan a schedule with extra time to incorporate an unanticipated “painful day”. You might find it easier to tackle several shorter shopping trips, rather than a twelve hour marathon event. Delegate to family or friends those activities which might be too challenging for you.

Find time for yourself

Holidays are hectic and full of visits and get-togethers. Finding time for yourself, for relaxing, yoga, a walk or even just a nice bath can help reduce stress and pain.

For more information on managing chronic pain, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Franklin, MA.

Source: NEBH


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