Pain from physically demanding jobs can range from a mere nuisance to severely debilitating. Recently I experienced more physical exertion than I have in some time, and suffered extreme pain as a result. Here’s how I successfully achieved pain relief (without using mainstream medications) while pushing myself beyond my usual limitations.
Physical Pain For Caregivers
My dad had been battling melanoma for many years. After a long remission the cancer returned. He recently took a turn for the worse, almost overnight. He went from being able to do everything on his own to needing round the clock (24 hour) care. Taking care of those we love in their final days, is both emotionally and physically exhausting.
Some examples of the physical activities necessary to care for my dad included:
- Bathing and grooming
- Changing bedding
- Lifting and shifting my dad’s positions
- Feeding, and preparing food
- Administering medications
- Changing adult diapers
- Changing clothes
These activities are very taxing to the body and mind. When caring for someone, you are constantly moving. There are no breaks. Something always needs your attention, and there’s no time to rest.
When my dad came home he weighed 137 lbs. The first day he tried to get out of bed. Imagine holding someone who is taller than you, and weighs 137 lbs. I was afraid I couldn’t keep him upright as he tried to move around the room. Sadly, I didn’t know that would be the last time he would have any strength.
By the time I managed to get him back into bed I was beyond sore. My body was not used to this much constant movement, and lifting. I was desperately in need of effective pain relief.
Responsibilities of a Fulltime Carer
I was constantly shifting his position in bed. The pain Dad was in caused him to be restless. The restlessness caused him to move around, and he would slide down in the bed. Eventually his legs would protrude over the edge of the bed. I was trying to keep him as comfortable as I could. But it took every ounce of strength I had to pull him back up into the bed.
Changing the bedding was an incredibly hard task. Each time trying to pull Dad over and hold him on one side of the bed with one hand. I needed to tuck and shove the new bedding under him as far as I could. Then when I rolled him to the opposite side I could pull the sheet out from under him. I pushed myself to change his bedding as fast as I could, because the expression of pain on his face was heartbreaking.
Changing the diaper of an adult is nothing like changing a baby. It is far more complicated, and much harder to do. Especially with my dad. He was in pain and he was embarrassed. Changing him caused pain, and he was starting to get painful sores at his tailbone. The sores all had to be packed with medicated ointment to help with the pain and limit any possible infection.
Then comes bathing. That’s not easy either. Tugging on someone who is in pain and moving them is often met with resistance. It is a natural response to pull away from pain. My dad often pulled away when I was caring for him, making the task the more taxing on my body.
The physically demanding needs are exhausting. My dad’s food had to be pureed, and a thickener added to all his food and drink. All his medications had to be crushed and added to food. So there was a lot of preparation needed before I could feed him. Plus I was cleaning up after meals.
Added to all the physical exertion, I was afraid to sleep. I feared I might sleep through the scheduled times for giving Dad his prescribed pain medications. Sleep deprivation increased my own physical pain, as I was not allowing myself any time to rest and recover.
Pain Relief During Physical Exertion
Being someone’s round the clock caregiver is hard work. It must be exhausting for nurses and medical staff caring for multiple patients. Caring for my father 24/7 should have left me, with all my issues unable to walk and headed to the ER for pain relief.
But instead of turning to mainstream medicine for pain relief options I used Mobicosa gel on my knees, back and shoulder. The natural pain relief qualities in Mobicosa gel relieved my stiff and sore muscles.
Through the days caring for my Dad prior to his passing, I had significant pain. Constantly bending over and lifting took its toll. Still I managed, without collapsing, without being stuck in bed. Not needing a trip to the ER. Mobicosa successfully provided much needed pain relief. Every time I applied Mobicosa gel, I had pain relief shortly after. This allowed me to continue to care for my Dad, even without taking breaks. I kept taking the Mobicosa capsules daily too.
It’s nothing short of a miracle that I was able to physically complete the tasks needed to care for my Dad. Heck, before Mobicosa I could not carry my son upstairs to bed if he fell asleep downstairs! Let alone lift and move a man. There is no doubt that the pain relief I received using a combination of Mobicosa capsules and Mobicosa gel made it possible for me to care for my dad in his own home at the end of his life. And for that, I am extremely grateful.