CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOBBY THAT WON’T CAUSE A FLARE-UP OF YOUR PAIN…

Choosing the right hobby to enjoy while in chronic pain can be as important as trying out a new drug. What many people do not realise is that chronic pain has a very unpleasant side effect – boredom.

Being diagnosed with any type of chronic pain can be distressing to anyone and cause anxiety about how they will manage it. The pain could cause problems from swelling, stiffness and difficulty moving joints, but the severity may vary and symptoms come and go in flare-ups, so the last thing you want to do is cause your own flare-up.

One of my personal favourite hobbies is writing this blog, but I have had to adjust how I write it to be comfortable because of my neck problems and only last year changed my laptop for an iPad mini which I can position so it’s the right height so as to not cause any flare-ups.

Another of my favourite hobbies is making handmade cards and only a couple of days ago I made some new designs. I was probably making them for a couple of hours and I admit I didn’t really think about the position I was in as I was enjoying myself so much.

It was a bad decision and last night I had probably one of the worst nights of neck and arm pain I have had in a long time which kept me awake most of the night. Today I had an appointment to see a spinal consultant about my neck and arm pain and he showed us the problematic disc causing all my problems. I now have to have a CT Scan so he can look at my bones and how the two previous cervical surgeries are doing but he is leaning towards me needing further surgery.

Even with extra medication today and resting all afternoon the pain has only subsided a little so I am really cross with myself for even thinking I could make some cards with causing a major flare-up.

Three very important factors to remember when starting a hobby while in pain are –

1. Am I going to put any pressure on my condition by trying this hobby?

2. In the long term can I cause a flare-up of my condition by taking up this hobby?

3. Is this hobby really worth taking up if it is going to irritate my condition?

I really wish I had just thought about this before I started making my cards on Sunday. I have been in a mess since last summer with this particular disc so I should have known better. It won’t put me off enjoying my hobbies but it will make me think before I embark on one again.

The UK Mobility Group have a list of hobbies with recommended modifications to avoid flare-ups. Some great books on the subject are Crafting: The Top 300 Best Crafts by Susan Hollister. and The Neuroscience of Mindfulness: The Astonishing Science Behind How everyday hobbies help you Relax by Dr. Stan Rodski.

Some other very popular hobbies for people in pain are –

1. Comping
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3. Sewing
4. Photography
5. Writing
6. Card Making
7. Art with Mosaics
8. Antiques
9. Scrapbooking
10.Jewellery Making
11.Learn a new language
12.Knitting
13.Reading
14.Book group
15.Music
16. Webpals

17.Travelling
18.Blogging
19.Crocheting
20.scrabble/games
21.Cooking
22.Genealogy & Family History
23.Crafts
24.Cross Stitch
25.Astronomy
26.Stamp Collector
27.Poetry
28.Calligraphy
29.Suduko
30.Surfing the Internet
31.Home Study Courses

32. Cross-stitch

What are the hobbies that help you while in pain? I would like to add them to my list as I would quite like to research and write on this subject in more detail.

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6 PLEASANT THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE IN PAIN…

It’s very hard to do much when you are in pain but something simple could help you get through a bad patch. Maybe give one a go…

  1. Write a letter to a friend. We used to write so much more years ago and although we hardly write letters now it doesn’t mean we can’t send one to a friend or family member. I only have a few from my children when they were on their travels but I treasure them all.
  2. Write a short story or a poem. A short story can be written in no time and there are plenty of magazines and papers who having short story writing competitions to inspire you with. I wrote a poem about Fibromyalgia which I put on this blog. If you missed seeing it this is a link to it here.
  3. Buy a colouring book. Colouring books are not just for the kids nowadays. The adult ones are beautiful and can take you away from your pain to another place. Just the front of some of the books makes you feel better. This one, in particular, The Flower Fairies has 45 illustrations to colour, or The Secret Garden, which is perfect for someone who loves flowers.  
  4. Do a jigsaw puzzle. A company called Jigsaw Puzzles Direct have lots to choose from for all ages and a massive choice to choose from. My favourite is the Changing Seasons Jigsaw which reminds me of the Lake District. 
  5. Read a good novel. With everyone having access to Amazon for books now and most of us owning Kindle’s it’s so easy to buy FREE books to read. I use a couple of companies and can honestly say that I cannot remember the last time I paid for a book as there are so many to choose from. The two companies I use are FREEBOOKSY and AMAZON
  6. Look through all your old photo albums. I keep looking at a very popular hobby called Scrapbooking where you turn your pictures into works of art for your family to keep. You can buy books on the hobby where you will learn how to preserve newspaper clippings that you can use in your scrapbook that will stay for years, learn how to create titles that are catchy and witty that is sure to entice the viewers, it will guide you through proper layout of photos by using grids, collage or pockets to accommodate all your photos and mementos in a single page. By the time you finish reading this book, you are going to be able to realize that making an awesome scrapbook doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive and frustrating. You can use old buttons, loose ribbons, excess card stocks and patterned papers and other reusable embellishments to make your scrapbook unique and fabulous.  

OVER THIRTY HOBBIES FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC PAIN…

As most of my readers will know I have an Etsy Store with my handmade cards on them. I find making cards like writing, very therapeutic. I have just added a shop page to this blog with the cards on which will link to my Etsy Store ( should you be interested in any).

I also enjoy knitting, writing, and making handmade gifts for my friends and family. Out of all my hobbies writing gives me the least pain as I can sit with my laptop at the correct angle that will not irritate my neck or back but I have to pace myself when making my cards. I would never stop making them just because I am in pain, I fight my pain day in day out but I enjoy using my hands and just make sure I rest up after having a productive hour or two.

Of course, there are lots and lots of hobbies you can do to help with your pain. I find it takes my mind off my pain to another place where my artistic juices start working.

I wrote a post on this back in 2012 and have added some more ideas to the original list. The list I have put together does include many things that you can do on a laptop or ipad but I would love some feedback as to whether these type of hobbies help take you away from your pain, be it just for a short time.

1. Comping
2.Get a penpal
3.Sewing
4. Photography
5. Writing
6. Card Making
7. Art with Mosaics
8. Antiques
9. Scrapbooking
10.Jewellery Making
11.Learn a new language
12.Knitting
13.Reading
14.Book group
15.Music
16. Webpals

17.Travelling
18.Blogging
19.Crocheting
20.scrabble/games
21.Cooking
22.Genealogy & Family History
23.Crafts
24.Cross Stitch
25.Astronomy
26.Stamp Collector
27.Poetry
28.Calligraphy
29.Suduko
30.Surfing the Internet
31.Home Study Courses

What are the hobbies that help you while in pain? I would like to add them to my list as I would quite like to research and write on this subject in more detail.

HOBBIES TO HELP EASE PAIN…

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A few years ago I wrote an article on hobbies that could help take your mind off your pain. I had quite a reaction from that post so have decided to write another on this subject.

For me personally, my laptop and computer are my greatest hobby which takes me away from my pain into another place. I have both the laptop and computer in a position that does not irritate my neck and can honestly sit for quite some time without a break.

I also love writing, reading, making cards and baking but find these more challenging as they can all irritate my neck and back.

The list I have put together does include many things that you can do on a laptop or ipad but I would love some feedback as to whether these type of hobbies help take you away from your pain, be it just for a short time.

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Comping
Get a penpal
Sewing
Photography
Writing
Card Making
Art with Mosaics
Antiques
Scrapbooking
Jewellery Making
Learn a new language
Knitting
Reading
Book group
Music
Webpals
Travelling
Blogging
Crochering
Online scrabble/games
Cooking
Geneaology & Family History
Crafts
Cross Stitch
Astronomy
Stamp Collector
Poetry
Calligraphy
Suduko
Surfing the Internet
Home Study Courses

Well that’s really all I could think of but if anyone can think of more please let me know and I will add them to my list as I would quite like to research and write on this subject in more detail.