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99 Capacities Series – Capacity # 20: Relieve Pain, Swelling, Itching

The twentieth capacity that I introduce in my eBook is that you must [be able to] relieve general pain, swelling, and itching. In it I state that:

You must “Relieve general pain, swelling, itching, etc. You’re likely to be more stressed, less nourished, and even performing activities you’re not accustomed to doing. There’s no reason to be miserable… stock the basic over-the-counter (OTC) medications to deal with such problems.”

In general, this is a fairly easy problem to remedy in that, so long as you stock the basic OTC pills and creams you will have done what you can do on your own. Specifically, stock medications such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol as well as creams such as Hydrocortisone (for skin rashes and swelling) and Benadryl Topical (for skin itching). You can stock other pain medications such as Sodium Naproxen or whatever works for you.

It wouldn’t hurt to stock up on other pain relief creams such as Icy Hot Patches for joint and muscle pain and, while I’m thinking about it, Anbesol for toothaches. And remember the kids too! Use something like Childrens Tylenol to ensure they have something appropriate for their needs.

If you take medications for chronic pain, definitely talk with your doctor about it. The last thing you want is to be otherwise immobile during an emergency because you don’t have your pain pills. In fact, these pills are nearly as important as any life-saving medications. I should have mentioned them a few weeks back in Capacity #18: Adequately Manage Critical Medical Conditions as the inability to move could very well affect your ability to stay alive. Stock at least a few weeks supply if not more.

There are also plenty of natural and alternative remedies to OTC medications. You may find useful information in any of the following references (all listed in Alternative Therapies section of the Guide to the Net Medical and Health Guides):

In summary, stock up on the basic pain medications and creams. These medications are inexpensive now but may prove invaluable post-disaster. Research and acquire any alternative therapies (herbs, oils) that may prove useful to use; understand how to use them and store for the long term.
Note: This post is part of an ongoing series detailing the ideas from my free eBook, The 99 Capacities You MUST Acquire BEFORE Disaster Strikes You!, which you may freely download here.

3 comments to 99 Capacities Series – Capacity # 20: Relieve Pain, Swelling, Itching

  • Irish-7

    I concur with Ed that medication will be invaluable post economic collapse or during any long term crisis. This is one of the most challenging aspects of preparing for me. I have multiple spinal injuries from parachute landings early in my lengthy career in the military. I have stocked OTC pain relievers for family, friends or even to barter. But, the medicine that I take is difficult, or dangerous to obtain in quantity and or stock for disaster planning. Unfortunately, prescription painkiller abuse has skyrocketed in the past decade. Doctors, Pharmacists and law enforcement personnel have been forced to take a very hard stance. I told my family to prop me up in a corner with my Ruger Mini-14 when my medicine runs out. I will be highly immobile without my medication. That is, if I survive withdrawal. God Save The Republic!

  • Ed

    Can’t have too many pills! Stock up and they’ll be like gold in a collapse.

  • Mary

    I really need to learn more about natural remedies, especially essential oils. Though we do keep Ibuprofen and other OTC medications, they only treat so much. Also, I didn’t think about treating sprains and strains as much as I should. Icy hot patches, wraps, and the like would be benificial too.