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Your daily commute might be killing you

Here’s how to pain proof your daily commute

The average UK commuter spends about two hours every single week traveling back and forth to and from the office, and a lot of that time is spent parked on anything but comfortable public transportation seats that are really doing a number on your body.

Researchers at the University of Texas in America have discovered that these two hours of weekly commuting time are doing devastating work on your body, conspiring to cripple your back, crunch your neck, and generally put you through far more pain within you should ever have to worry about contending with.

It’s no surprise that most people have incredibly sore backs, ridiculously tight shoulders, and necks that are filled with knots.  Many of these people resort to buying pain pills either over the counter or online.  It is no wonder the painkiller addiction is on the rise, and although these pills often provide quick relief, it’s important to remember that they come at a cost.  Painkillers containing codeine are particularly risky.  Besides, popping pills can so easily be avoided by doing a handful of simple exercises on a regular basis.

Here are a couple of different things that you can do right after you get to work and right after you get home that can reverse the damage that your commute is causing.

Roll your shoulders

The first stretch you’re going to want to do when you get to the office or get home is one that focuses on releasing tension trapped in your shoulders and your upper back.

Lift your shoulders up just as high as you can (like you are trying to touch your shoulders to your years) and then roll them forwards and backwards, working tension out of these muscles along the way.

Pump up your calves

By pressing your body up onto your tip toes and then slowly glowing yourself back down again with a slight pause at the top will help stretch out all of your calf muscles and prevent cramps and leg pain. On top of that, you’ll be able to boost your blood circulation levels considerably. Your blood will become oxygenated, you’ll be able to focus better, and your lower back will hurt quite as much as it did in the past.

Touch your toes

Bending the all the way down in front of you, grabbing your toes, and then arching your back is a great way to stretch all of the muscles in your core and throughout your lower and upper back area.

Managing Pain Medication Induced Constipation

The Reality of Side Effects

Unfortunately, side effects are a possibility with all medications. The fact that side effects exist should not be a reason to for you to refuse pain medication for any pain that you experience with your cancer. The purpose of pain medication is to alleviate the suffering that is caused by your condition. Proper pain management takes the level of suffering that you’re experiencing into consideration and weighs it against the quality of life that you desire. It also takes into consideration the possible side effects and addresses them as they occur. If you’ve ever watched a pain medication commercial on TV, you’ve probably heard the term “various side effects” being mentioned often. This is because the occurrence of side effects does vary from patient to patient. With some patients, there is little to no side effects. With others, an adverse reaction to the drug can take place that causes serious side effects. It depends on how your body responds to the drug.

Various Side Effects Vs. Common Side Effects

In that same commercial, the script will mention common side effects. These are side effects that are experienced by the majority of the patients who take the drug. While not being serious, they do cause enough discomfort to affect your quality of life. It’s important to manage the common side effects, so that you can continue to take the prescribed medication. Changing pain medication will also affect your quality of life because your body will have to again adjust to a new medication.  So, what are some of the common side effects of pain medication that is usually prescribed for pain?

Constipation

Constipation is a common side effect experienced with pain medication, especially opioids. If your doctor prescribes one of these drugs for you, he or she will mention the possibility of constipation occurring. He or she will also suggest some ways to alleviate constipation if it does occur.

To alleviate the constipation, you can take stool softeners. If a stool softener is not enough to stop the constipation, your doctor may suggest a laxative. Laxatives come in over-the-counter form or by prescription, depending on the severity of the constipation. If you are experiencing constant constipation, the doctor may prescribe an injection of methynaltrexone that is specifically designed to treat narcotic induced constipation. There is also a daily pill that is prescribed for this, also.