Music to Cope with Pain

Music to Cope with PainPain has once again laid me low. I do not like it. Who does?

I have psoriatic arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and gout. I’m not certain which of these are the problem or if there is something new. My doctor was booked up and the next appointment wasn’t available for two weeks. This leaves me with two weeks of pain and swelling.

The swelling is easy to deal with – ibuprofen and keeping my feet elevated. The pain though, is another subject. I’m not crazy about pain medications. Either I sleep all day or I can’t sleep at all. So what to do, what to do?!

Hello beautiful music.

Years ago, while I was still working, I was speaking with a co-worker about the pain I experienced while driving home. He suggested putting my favorite music on loudly and singing along. It was a simple suggestion and I was pretty skeptical.

Only thing was.. he was right. For mild to moderate pain – the music worked. I put John Melloncamp or Def Leppard in the CD player and sang as loud as I could. The pain took a backseat (pardon the pun) and I arrived home with a smile on my face. To this day, I still crank up the tunes when I’m hurting and I wish to avoid pain medication.

Don’t start listening to classical music thinking it would be soothing. I would recommend choosing music you enjoy singing or something you really connect with.

If you find yourself just as skeptical as I was, there are some studies on music and pain relief. You can find some interesting reading at these terrific sites: Psychology TodayWeb

Music to Cope with Pain

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Stacy is the mother of 3, step-mom of 3 and grandparent of 3. She retired as a project manager for a environmental laboratory. In her spare time she volunteers with her daughter's high school band. She has been developing websites for over 15 years, both for herself and others. Cooking, sewing, reading and history are just a few of her passions. Reading about history is a double passion!


  1. Hi Stacy,

    Sorry your in so much pain right now! I agree music is a great distraction! No wonder so many women play music while giving birth! Feel better my friend and thanks for sharing this at Friday Facebook Favorites!

  2. Also you may want to try to eat raisins when your pain starts. My sister has pain through lupus and this helps a lot. Thank you for your info, I will pass it on to her. May you be blessed. Thank you for your lovely post.

    • Thank you for the note and idea. Perhaps a post on foods for pain relief – interesting idea! Thank you 😉
      Happy Derby Day!

  3. I’m glad that you’ve found music a hep in dealign with your pain. I find that music can help get me motivated or to calm me down (depending on what type of music I’m listening to, that is.) Thanks for this reminder about how music can play an important part in our lives! 🙂

  4. This was a great post. Chronic pain is so debilitating – very glad that you have found a way to cope,

  5. Great post! I’m so glad this works for you. I use music when I’m feeling down. I put on loud, peppy music that I can sing to and my mood lifts every time! Stopping over from the Let’s Get Real Blog Hop Party!

  6. This is a great post Stacy. I find that music also helps with my anxiety and panic attacks (when I have them). Music allows me to think of something else and helps get my mind off of things. I’m glad to hear it worked for you and your pain. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Let’s Get Real Link Party. Enjoy your weekend.

  7. I’m dealing with annoying sciatica pain right now (been going on for 5 weeks now) and this caught my eye. I play the piano and am a music lover. I don’t know why I hadn’t tried this sooner! I plan on cranking up the music and singing along tomorrow! Thanks for linking up with Let’s Get Real! I’ll be featuring this post on tomorrow’s link party!

    • What a wonderfully nice surprise! Thank you for the feature. I’m sorry to hear of your own pain and hope you are able to find some relief. Have a great weekend ~Stacy

  8. Thanks for the info!! Hubs and I both have chronic pain. Multiple back problems for both of us, plus others. He already listens to classical music, so singing along won’t work, but the music itself might. My singing is so bad, I get hands over my mouth to quiet me, LOL. I’ll just have to say it’s my pain treatment. 🙂

    • So sorry to hear about your pain. It’s hard to maintain a routine and “normal” lifestyle with constant pain. I hope you are able to find some relief. I sing horribly but it doesn’t keep me from yelling.. or I mean singing at the top of my lungs!! 😛

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