Thanksgiving and Pain

Thanksgiving and Pain

Whether you’re hosting this year’s Thanksgiving meal, or are a guest at someone else’s, the stress of it all can lead to unfortunate flare-ups. Thanksgiving should be about spending time with family and friends, not your chronic pain or fibromyalgia symptoms.

The pain specialists at American Spine know lots of time and energy gets put into planning, cooking, cleaning and traveling during Thanksgiving. Therefore, the medical professionals at American Spine want to provide you the best possible pain-relieving strategies so can enjoy your time with loved ones.

Let’s start with the biggest doozy: hosting a Thanksgiving meal. If you’re hosting a big dinner at your house this year, it’s important to stay calm and not be afraid to ask for help. Your family members should be there to help you, and if they’re not, it’s okay to cut a few corners on the cooking and cleaning. A little dust won’t hurt anyone (unless someone in your family has a severe allergy) and if you’re in a bind with food, consider pre-ordering a turkey and/or a few side dishes to help lighten the cooking load.

There are a lot of wonderful catering places that can provide timely, and quality, Thanksgiving table spreads. However, if you’re on a budget or just enjoy cooking your own meals, spread out the food preparation over a few days.

Bonus “Help Tip”: Assign family members with certain dishes, that way you’re only concentrating on one of two food items.  

If you’re the attendee of a Thanksgiving meal, be sure to either get a full night’s sleep (8+ hours) the night before, or take a restful nap right before going to the individual’s house. Being social and on your feet all day can wear anyone out, but because you’re living with chronic pain, chronic fatigue usually develops much quicker.

Additionally, pack extra medications and/or supplements before going to your loved ones’ house, just in case you encounter a sudden flare-up. Avoid hot beverages, try to sit and rest frequently and do not be afraid to leave early if you’re not feeling well. Don’t put yourself in an uncomfortable situation where you’re overexerting yourself and will be out-of-commission for a few days after the holiday.

Overall, if you’re truly worried about your chronic pain getting in the way of enjoying Thanksgiving, talk to a physician at American Spine about long-term relief. The pain management specialists will assess your current situation; discuss symptom concerns and recommend possible treatment options for you. Don’t like with the pain any longer than you have to! Call today!

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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