Living with Chronic Pain
Dealing with Issues around Showering and Dressing
Many people who suffer from chronic pain often have issues surrounding the tasks of showering and dressing. Pain conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, multiple sclerosis, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, spinal stenosis, and various other pain conditions often make showering and dressing a difficult task. Sometimes, the simple task of putting on a pair of socks seems almost impossible.
Many devices are available that assist with the process of getting dressed:
While some people have problems stepping into a bathtub, others say the warm shower water hitting their body feels like boulders are being thrown down upon them. The pressure of the water hitting the nerves increases pain for some while others feel increased nerve pain only after getting out of the shower. Fortunately, for those suffering from pain in the muscles or bones, hot water helps to ease their pain.
Some tips that help if showering is difficult:
Asking for help from a caretaker is always a good idea. If someone is not able to shower or dress by him or herself, it may be time to place a call to obtain home-health services.