It’s no secret that I have battled with arthritis for a long time now. As much as I try and carry on living a normal life bad days do happen. However, there are a few things that definitely help me feel better on those days.
There is nothing better than getting comfy on a bad day, my minion duvet is usually my go too as it lives on our sofa. I curl up and keep warm and probably have a snooze, sleep helps repair your body, hence why it is important– and even more so when you’re a spoonie! I’m also known to watch happy films on the sofa on bad days, always good as a pick me up right?! My go too is of course Despicable Me.
Turn to the medicine cabinet!
I don’t always take pain killers, but sometimes I have no choice. I always make sure we have some in the house as there’s nothing worse than being in a lot of pain and finding none in the medicine drawer. I also have an emergency back up of steroids as last resort for very bad flare ups. Always talk to your practitioner about what you can take, and do ask them if you can have a stock supply of certain medications. Ibuprofen gel is also convenient for the days where you can’t put anymore tablets in your body.
Chill out in the bath!
If I can I take a hot bath (not always so easy when those joints are being stiff and annoying). Bad days are usually improved with a bath and a cosy towel to wrap up in after. I have quite bad eczema so I have to be careful with what I use, but organic bath oils seem to work fine for me and the smell is very relaxing. I also precariously balance my iPad in the bathroom and watch Netflix… Be careful if you follow me on that!
Hot water bottles!
Always useful, the old skool hot water bottle… Although I have had a few accidents with not tightening them very well – on bad days I have crap strength – so I have been burnt a few times before. I try to get Mr W to help, but it’s not always possible if he’s away, because of this I was quite excited to try the next gadget…
LightStim* LED light therapy!
I was recently sent the LightStim* for Pain to try, now this is a device that uses red LED lights as a therapy. The red light emitted from the unit is thought to stimulate circulation, helping with healing and easing affected joints. After using the LightStim* for over 2 months I have to admit I am pretty impressed, I just switch it on and place on my affected joints in turn for 10- 15 minutes. But you don’t just have to use the LightStim* for rheumatic pains though; bruises, muscular aches (such as after running- I found it so useful after my last few races) and back ache can all be eased by the LightStim* – Mr W pulled a muscle in his back last month and found it very useful. If you’re interested in the LightStim* it is pricey, coming in at £249 from Current Body, but if you’re accident prone like me it may be worth the investment!
This may seem like a contradiction here, but being active boosts your circulation and can help beat fatigue. I’ve written about training with arthritis before, but I do find that on the lesser bad of the bad days even just getting out for a walk with Mr W can help boost my happiness and help my poorly joints.
So what do you use when you’re having a bad day? Do you have any self care tips spoonie or not? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. * I was gifted the LightStim to review, as ever opinions are my own.