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Editor: Jan Sadler, MBE No.248 November 2015

Welcome to the latest PainSupport newsletter. In our monthly newsletters we give you all the top tips and techniques to help you manage your pain and live life to the full.

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We also have a special offer from Putnam's comfort products for you, with 15% off, details further below.

But first read about a brilliant technique to reduce your pain and stress...


A Powerful - and Easy - Pain Relief Technique
by Jan Sadler
woman thinking
I find that one of the most powerful ways to cope with my pain is by...

not thinking about it!

That sounds impossible, I know, so, what is this technique?

This simple technique is 'distraction'.

Pain experts now encourage patients to use this method as a valuable tool in pain management. It's a powerful way to temporarily relieve even quite severe and intense pain.

Distraction works because your mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time - On whatever it considers to be of most importance.

For distraction methods to work you need to give your mind something totally absorbing, and preferably enjoyable, to focus upon. Your mind will then think that this activity is more important than your pain.

You probably use this method already, even without knowing it. For instance, you might use the computer or watch television to 'take your mind off the pain'.

While I'm writing this newsletter, for example, I am unaware of the pain, unless, of course, I sit for too long. Then, as the pain rises, it will draw my attention away from the newsletter and on to the pain.

To avoid a pain flare-up, I set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and move when it goes off. This way the pain doesn't get a chance to break through or increase. This method is good pacing of your activities. Pacing is an essential pain management skill.

You have no need to feel guilty about setting time aside to enjoy yourself! Distraction is a really useful pain management tool, as is pacing. By reducing the pain you are helping yourself to cope better.

Some suggestions for activities that distract

Do you have any activities where you are so focussed that you are unaware of the pain? If so, that's great. If not, you could try some of the suggestions below.
  • Art and crafts – any activity that uses your hands. Find out more here.
  • Absorb yourself in a really good book. We have some 'good read' suggestions for you here.
  • Go to a movie or watch television/DVD.
  • Write to your family/friends.
  • Play with a pet.
  • A relaxation or visualisation session – plenty available from the PainSupport website Shop here.
  • Listen to music through a headset or earphones. Move or tap to the rhythm too.
  • An adult education class or a home learning course.
  • Take your camera on a walk: out in the park, your garden, indoors. Take different and unusual shots, be creative. Join our garden photo group. Find out more here.

Find out even more...
Pacing information From our website
Pacing Workbook From our Shop
Jan's best selling Pain Relief Book and CD From our Shop

Did you like this article?
Are there any other topics about coping with pain that you'd like to read about?

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Adult colouring books are all the rage.
coloured zentangle
Experts say that adult colouring books can be a great antidote to stress. When we focus on the patterns and colours, we become totally distracted from the pain and relax down into a meditative state.

The website EasyPeasyAndFun have 'zentangle' pages you can download and colour - with no charge. They offer delightful shapes and patterns and all you need is coloured pens or pencils for hours of relaxing fun. Find them here:
Elephant colouring pattern
Abstract colouring pattern
abstract zentangle

Do an internet search to find many more 'zentangles' and other patterns to colour, with no charge.

The Book Depository has many books of patterns of all kinds to buy. No postal charges too.
Book Depository pattern books

Come and join us...
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Welcome to our Discussion Forum

If you haven't yet been to our forum, take a look and bookmark or subscribe to it. There may well be a question you can answer for someone, or you may want to post a question of your own - or just read the entries, they are always interesting.

have much to offer other members, and they have much to offer YOU. Ease the pain by sharing your experiences and helping others with those who understand a life with pain.

Here is a wonderful message recently received from B.D., a UK member:

Thank you for making this forum possible. I wanted to say that from all the advice and information on there I've learnt more in the last week than in the last ten years.

Visit our Discussion Forum

Send us your tips for Christmas!

woman writing It will soon be time to celebrate the Christmas season. What are your tips for preparing for Christmas and for the holiday itself?

All tips will be welcome so we can share them in the next newsletter. Thank you!

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A special offer

Putnams is a family run manufacturing business, specialising in health-related products. They are based in Plymouth, Devon, UK. I've used their seat wedges and lumbar rolls for years.

They sell all kinds of products to help with comfort, such as back pain, posture, neck pain, acid reflux (GERD / GORD), anti-snore, coccyx relief and post-surgery comfort.

Now Putnams have a special offer just for PainSupport members from now until 30th November 2015.

When you buy a product from their website you can get 15% off. Just use the code below when you checkout. They also offer no shipping charge as standard. There is no minimum spend. Code: PAINSUPPORT15

View Putnam's website here:

A member's recommendation
Have you tried the Alexander Technique?
What ever your age or ability, the Technique can relieve the pain and stress caused by postural habits. We often don't realise how tense our bodies are, especially when in pain. With the Technique you can release this tension and move more freely than you ever thought possible.

PainSupport member Kathleen says,
I have hypermobility syndrome as well as degenerative disc disease so never know how I am going to feel from one hour to the next. One thing that has worked really well for me is the Alexander Technique. I have one-on-one sessions with my Alexander Teacher and I am also able to practice on my own between sessions. It has helped my back especially.
Find out more about the Alexander Technique

Please tell us!!
If you try any product or idea that helps you in some way please let us know. Even if it only reduces symptoms a little, it may help others too.
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Please check with your doctor and/or physio before starting new exercises or movements to make sure they are suitable for your specific condition.

Relaxation for pain control

All of Jan's CDs have been voted top relaxation CDs by people such as, Holland and Barrett and Woman's Weekly Magazine. Full details from our Shop

A Good Night's Sleep Get A Good Night's Sleep! Our CD is rated the top sleep CD by Woman's Weekly, it really does work, sleep virtually guaranteed.
CD or book, including the CD
Pain Relief Without Drugs Our highly recommended Pain Relief Without Drugs CD is ideal for anyone with pain. The first track is a short talk by Jan, which is followed by five different truly relaxing tracks.
CD or book, including the CD
Relax and Release your Pain Choose 'Relax & Release your Pain' for lovely relaxation tracks plus self-management tips for pain relief.
Perfect Relaxation 'Perfect Relaxation' is just what its name says. Eight different tracks of perfect relaxation. Explore a tropical paradise, take a walk by the sea, relax by a stream or discover your own secret hideaway.
Pacing Workbook And, of course, our popular 'Pacing for Pain Relief Workbook' for just £3.00.

Jan's CDs always include simple techniques for breathing for pain relief. Also, of course, there are tracks for pure relaxation using visualisation and relaxation techniques. All you need to do is listen to Jan's soothing voice and your pain and tension will float away!

Go to our Shop to download or buy CDs or books.

Just for You - worksheets and downloads all at no charge
NB Print the above two Pain Logs to keep track of your pain and find out what affects it. Use your Logs to show your doctor how your pain affects you.

Discussion Forum
Some of the latest forum topics - join in and have your say!

SCS Blog by Claire
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It's arrived! PIP Benefit
Diet and allergies

Some of our most popular general interest topics
Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS)
The latest good books as recommended by our members
Laughter is the best medicine See our bank of jokes
Hobbies and Crafts Album Photos of members' craft work.
Plants and Gardens Garden chat and photos of members' gardens
Easy Meals Lots of ideas for quick to prepare meals
'Today I am...' A snapshot of each other’s lives. What's going on with you today?
For those in pain to pass on to family and friends to help them understand.
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Laughter is the best medicine

smiling girl cartoon

I’ve been invited to a hair washing party.
I’ve no excuse not to go.

After many attempts a scientist successfully managed to clone his own genes.
He was so thrilled he was beside himself.

Villager: It was 'ere that Catherine of Aragon was bitten by a mad dog.
Tourist: Tudor?
Villager: Yes, chewed 'er something 'orrible it did.

A butcher is 7 foot tall and wears size 14 shoes, what does he weigh? answer: sausages

We have thousands of jokes in our Laughter is the best medicine series on the Forum, here's a link to all the latest:
Visit our Joke Bank

You are welcome to add some jokes too - as long as they are nice and clean, of course!

Editor's Note

We hope you've enjoyed the PainSupport newsletter and find the information useful. Send us your comments and items for the newsletter, we love to hear from you.

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Jan Sadler, MBE

All best wishes - keep smiling - and keep moving!
Jan at PainSupport

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