Having surgery can be scary. Contrary to what a lot of people think about having surgery, it’s generally not a quick fix. Preparing yourself mentally for surgery seems like the hard part, but the most challenging part of surgery comes afterward.
In addition to the physical pain that you may experience as a result of surgery, it can feel discouraging to have to stay at home and miss out on your regular activities until you recover. Your attitude about getting better and what you do to work towards your recovery can make a big difference.
Be Resilient About Coping With Pain
Some people who have surgery after an injury are shocked to find that the surgery causes pain levels that were just as severe as the underlying injury that was the reason for having surgery.
Although surgical intervention is obviously intended to help restore your physical condition, your bones, muscles, and joints will interpret it as an invasive affront. You may have some nerve pain as well as considerable swelling. Don’t be alarmed at what you’re feeling.
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to be uncomfortable for a while. It’s okay to feel kind of down about your downtime, and it’s certainly okay to feel a little sorry for yourself.
However, you need to keep your focus forward-thinking. Of course, talk to your doctor about what you’re feeling and stay engaged with him or her about your pain management strategy.
Treat Pain With Natural Remedies
Immediately after your surgery, you may need painkillers to help manage pain. However, anything that you can do to reduce your use of painkillers is helpful. Prescription medications are intended to treat acute pain for a short time, and they lose their efficacy over time.
Investigate some natural remedies that you can use longer than short-term prescription medicines. CBD bud can help to alleviate stress and inflammation. It works with your body’s endocannabinoid receptors to interrupt pain signals.
Also, reducing stress levels can mitigate your symptoms. You can also ask your doctor about topical treatments that can help to minimize pain. You’ll need to use care to avoid putting a topical treatment near an incision, but it could dull sensitivity around muscles where you had your surgery.
Get Organized at Home
Going about your daily activities at home will likely be more difficult than usual, particularly if you’ve had surgery on one of your limbs. Make it easier for you to do the things you need to. Keep most of the things that you need by your bedside so that you won’t have to get up every time that you need something.
Move your medications, charger, laptop, and whatever toiletries you use throughout the day such as lip balm or moisturizer. Put a hamper where you can easily toss your laundry. Consider getting a small rolling cart to store items. It may be a good idea to get a cooler for snacks and cold drinks.
Put some thought into reconfiguring your kitchen. Keep things where they’ll be easier for you to reach. You might find it helpful to use a grabber with an extension to reach things rather than exert yourself.
Also, you may like to have some prepared meals delivered so you won’t have to worry about shopping or preparing meals. Find some healthy options that you can just heat and eat while you’re on the mend.
Ultimately, staying positive about your recovery, trying different strategies to address pain, and doing what you can to make your home life easier will make your post-surgery self-care much more manageable. You won’t get better overnight, but know that you will get better.