Playing Solitaire with real cards or online, I play Forty Thieves to help me every now and then.
Knitting, Crotchet, Sewing, Tapestry, Cross Stitch. Drawing, Sketching, Painting, I can’t do any of these things, so I thought I might try an adult Painting by Numbers, slightly harder than the children’s version.
If possible you could try Baking, I can no longer do anything like that and felt a huge burden to my family, so I took over the finances, it helps lessen the pain for a little while but more importantly, I feel I am contributing slightly to helping the family.
Games on Facebook, keeping in touch with friends on Facebook, possibly tracing back down your Family Tree, learn more History from a period that interests you, collecting anything that interests you also.
Swimming can be a great help but beware some people experience feeling extremely heavy and severe pain on leaving the pool. If you are well enough perhaps learning Thai-Chi would be helpful also.
Singing and playing music or just listening to calming music can help. Reading, writing, this can be done in a variety of ways, writing letters to friends, writing fiction or more towards factual, writing poetry.
I find I get short pain relief by making lists of everything to be done the next day, I also found a way to bolster my spirits was to make lists of things I could do mainly alone but sometimes with a small amount of help from my carer.
Play board games with your carer, family or friends, for example: Chess, Backgammon, Trivial Pursuits, the list can be a long one. Meditation, if not known already is well worth learning, as it can be a great way of helping to relieve pain.
To begin with some of these things, as already mentioned may cause a degree of extra pain but if you feel that you are enjoying yourself it may well be worth continuing; the extra pain should not last too long. However if your pain gets a lot worse you may well have to stop.
These are just a few suggestions on things that may distract your pain. I really hope that they are of some use, even if it is just to give you an idea.
Until next time, take care.
Ps. making this list not only distracted my pain but gave a couple of new ideas I can try. I am sure I will tell you about how it goes some time…