There are many things you can do to make your pain easier to cope with. Even small changes to your routine can make a difference.
Try to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. Sit or lie in a position that doesn’t cause pain. Changing position regularly, using special pillows and having equipment to help with moving can also help.
You might want to try using heat or cold to relieve pain. Heat pads and warm baths can ease aches and stiffness, whilst an ice pack may relieve inflammation and swelling.
Other things can help distract you from the pain, such as watching TV, reading or listening to music. Having family or friends for short, regular visits can be something to look forward to. Some people also find that art or music therapy reduces feelings of anxiety and helps them to relax.
Talking to family members or friends can often help to relieve worry or anxiety. Often they can also help you find the information and support you need.