Managing the Holidays with Chronic Pain: A Thanksgiving Guide

When we think of Thanksgiving, most of us think of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Or at least my family does. Going from house to house, managing a growing family’s schedule, remembering to take the turkey out of the oven, etc. But Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time for family and friends to gather and give thanks. For those with chronic pain, it can be even tougher than just figuring out what new casserole to make and what time you have to make it to Aunt Martha’s house. With the right strategies and support, you can enjoy a pain-free Thanksgiving.

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Plan Before You Party

Planning plays a key role in managing chronic pain during the holidays.

  • Feel free to talk to your friends and family about what’s going on with you and how you are feeling.
  • Reduce travel by hosting Thanksgiving at your home.
  • Designate a place to relax and simply take a break when you need it.


Take a Load Off

On Thanksgiving Day, try not to do too much. You’re with family and friends, you don’t have anyone to impress! Try not to feel pressured to keep up with everyone else. You know your body better than anyone else. So, if you’re feeling like you need to take a break- then you probably do. When it comes to making Thanksgiving dinner, ask family to help out to minimize your physical pain.


Eating Right for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about the food, but if you’ve got dietary restrictions or deal with chronic pain, you need to watch what you eat. Here’s the deal:

  • Try to go for the healthy stuff (if you can). We know it can be hard, but it will pay off when you leave Thanksgiving with less pain!
  • Drinking water may seem easy, but when we aren’t consciously trying to drink a lot we may realize how little we actually are. It’s definitely important.
  • Don’t mess with your regular meds just because it’s the holidays. Stick to your typical routine.



The holidays don’t end with Thanksgiving. Continue to manage your chronic pain by following your treatment plan, staying active within your limitations, and seeking ongoing support and guidance from healthcare professionals. Remember, you can enjoy a fulfilling Thanksgiving despite chronic pain by taking a proactive approach and finding the right support at Dallas Pain Institute.


Chronic Pain Relief in North Dallas

By following these tips and seeking the right support, you can make the most of your Thanksgiving holiday while managing chronic pain. Remember that you are not alone, and there are resources available to help you find relief and enjoy the season. Contact our pain management providers in North Dallas today!