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):
- Herb Formulas for Clinic and Home [PDF File]
- Guide to Essential Oils [PDF File]
- Granny Med
- Home Remedies for You