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How to survive the holidays with chronic pain

1) Consider your options: Choose the events that you wish to go to, and make lame excuses for all the other ones.

2) Consider distance: When choosing Christmas parties always consider the distance to and from the said event. Just because you can get somewhere does not mean you will be in any shape to get back.

3) Conisder beverage choices: As in no booze. And trust me out drinking a migraine backfires with a uber migraine that cannot be treated.

4) Consider your shopping methods: Malls are horrible. Full of mobs, noise and so forth. And then there is getting there and then the walking about. So use the internet... it is your friend.

5) Consider which relatives you like best: Family are great, but lets face it there is so much of them. Your not Santa Claus, you cannot zip around at the speed of light to see everyone. So pick your favorite relative, or the one that cooks the best meal and go there. Never host a family gathering, because that is just a slippery slope of house cleaning and cooking.
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