Decrease Pain Immediately


(Modern – Which of These Will Not Decrease Pain Right Now?

  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Shaking
  • Medication

Answer: Medication. Here’s why…

No matter how prepared or careful someone may be, injuries happen. From day-to-day life to survival scenarios, pain makes life difficult. Over-the-counter remedies such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen help, but they take time to start working — and in a survival situation, they may not be available.

Here are some options to help relieve pain when medicine isn’t available or is taking too long to kick in:


For injuries such as a sprained ankle or wrist, recommends using the acronym RICE: rest, ice, compress, and elevation. Ice the injured area, wrap it in a compress such as an Ace bandage, and rest it in an elevated position above the heart to prevent swelling.

Ice wrapped in a washcloth can be used directly on areas that aren’t easily bandaged with elastic wraps, such as shoulders. The cold will help reduce swelling and, at the same time, help ease pain.


Applying heat to infected areas or sore muscles will help to reduce pain and increase blood flow. The heat will also help to drain boils, styes, and infected cuts. Simply use a hot, damp washcloth placed over the infection or sore muscle. Heating pads are an alternative option that works well for sore muscles. For larger areas, such as a sore back or hips, soaking in a hot bath can provide a measure of immediate pain relief.

In a true survival scenario, medical supplies will likely be sparse or unavailable. In this case, preventing issues before they arise will be essential to staying alive and healthy. Even something as simple as basic hygiene will become vital to long-term survival.

To see why keeping your teeth clean will be important in a SHTF event, check out our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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