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Relocating When You Have Chronic Pain

Man Touching His Aching Back
Relocating is always hard, but it's even more difficult when you live with chronic pain. You need to know how to manage the pain and minimize your physical involvement in the process to help make the relocation easier and less stressful. Here's what you need to know.  

Enlist the Help of Friends
Don't try to move on your own. Enlist the help of friends and loved ones who can lift boxes, disassemble furniture, and do some of the more demanding physical tasks for you. If you want a way to show your gratitude, provide your friends and family with hydrating beverages and a nice meal when they come to help. Having a filling meal will help make work go easier and faster and may help them be more productive.

Downsize
As you sort and pack everything you own in preparation to move, this is a good time to downsize and get rid of what you don't need. Downsizing makes it easier to unpack when you get into your new home.

Give Yourself Extra Time
Packing and sorting is slower when you live with chronic pain. Get started well in advance of your move to ensure that you'll have enough time to do the important things on your list. This may mean that you'll need to start packing a year before your move. It's never too early! Start collecting boxes and packing as soon as you've made the decision to someday move.

Take Frequent Breaks
Don't overwhelm yourself with work. Take frequent breaks. You may even need to nap frequently while packing to avoid making your condition more painful.

Know Your Limits
You probably know how much you can lift without straining your muscles or exacerbating your condition. If you don't know your limits, pay close attention to the signals your body sends to you. Notice when your muscles or condition starts to worsen. Once you know what triggers your pain, avoid pushing yourself in that same way again.

Touch Base Regularly With Your Doctor
Your doctor will have advice to help you get through this time. Your doctor may be able to prescribe some new medication or a new diet that will help reduce inflammation. In addition, your doctor may need to run tests if your condition begins to worsen during this process.

Keep in close contact with your doctor throughout the moving process. Don't ignore pain that is worse than normal. Tell your doctor and let him or her decide if this is something that needs to be addressed.

Make Arrangements for New Healthcare
If you're moving across the state or outside your insurance network, you'll need to make arrangements to get a new insurance plan and a new doctor. Do this enough in advance that you'll be sure to have healthcare when you arrive at your new home. When you get close to the move date, work with your old doctor and new doctor to have your records transferred from the old office to the new.

Pack Medicines Into Your Moving Go-Bag
You may not be able to easily find what you need after everything you own has been packed up. If you have any medicines that you can't lose track of, pack those things into your go-bag to ensure you'll have them when the time comes.

Work With a Reputable Moving Company
Working with a reputable moving company that offers packing services can make all the difference. If you hire a moving company that will pack and unpack your belongings, you can spend more time relaxing and less time worrying about managing your relocation.

For more information about what you can do to ensure your upcoming relocation will go smoothly, contact Azalea City Moving Co. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have.