How do you manage your daily life with Chronic Pain?

Pain Management: Living With Chronic Pain and How You Can Help It
 
Many people have heard of the term “Chronic Pain” but what exactly does that mean? And how does a person with Chronic Pain handle this issue in their day to day lives? Let’s find out.

Pain management

When people suffer from chronic pain they will need to seek out “Pain Management“. There are a plethora of effective ways in which a person could ease the pain that they suffer from each day. You will first need to talk to your doctor about the issues you are having and from there, this doctor can recommend treatments and specialists.

Causes Of Chronic Pain

Who is affected

Would you believe that a whopping 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and more than 1.5 BILLION worldwide? That is a lot of suffering people. So what are some of the reasons a person may need Pain Management? Well, there are all sorts of reasons, some of which are:

  • Migraines
  • Arthritis or joint problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve Damage
  • Neuropathy
  • Back injuries/pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Surgery and many others

These ailments can completely take over your life. They can change the type of person you are. They can steal your joy, your activeness, and even change your relationships. Where once you might have never thought about your legs when they become affected by chronic pain, they suddenly are on your mind constantly. We take advantage of our healthy bodies and don’t recognize just how lucky we are, until one day our body betrays us and does not work as it should. It causes us great pain and can be a huge burden to live with, even affecting those around us.

The treatment available

When you have one of these painful ailments.. what are you to do? How can you live a normal happy life and get back to who you were before these things took over your life? This is where Pain management comes in. There are many different forms of pain management. I personally feel that the first step as a practitioner should always be compassion for the patient! These people living with chronic pain often times have many people in their life who do not believe them. They say the pain is all in their heads. That they just want attention. Perhaps they would even say that this person just wants to be taken care of and MOST of the time, this is simply not the case. It is hard enough on these people having to live with the dulling sensations of constant pain, but to be mocked, dismissed or shamed for it can hurt someone’s psyche. It can cause them even more pain. So sympathy and patience and understanding is the first step in dealing with the person of chronic pain.

Clinical treatment

After visiting your local pain management clinic and talking through your symptoms, the physician will determine which type of management you will need. There are two kinds. One takes an approach that looks at the person as a whole and these are called “interdisciplinary clinics”, while the other handles procedures to deal with specific types of pain, like back pain or neck pain. They can perform procedures to help alleviate some of the stress in certain areas and many people find it to be very effective. Along with medications or CBD oil, these facilities can help you manage your pain through physical, psychological and behavioral therapies.

The goal of pain management

The point of pain management, and the ultimate goal is to raise your quality of life by trying to cut the pain out. To make you more able to function, work, complete daily tasks and feel whole again. Studies show that when a person goes through a comprehensive pain management program they have less pain and emotional stress. Because let’s face it, it can cause a lot of negative emotions as well.
One thing to keep in mind when seeking a pain management clinic. Try to avoid those that only offer narcotic remedies. These medications, though effective, can be highly addictive and do not always fix the problem. You want to seek a facility that can look deep into your ailment and get to the real causes and find alternative, safer options. Medications can be a band-aid. But a real pain management specialist can give you back your quality of life.

Dr. John Hanson, MD

Trauma surgeon at Sydney Medical Centre
Dr. John Hanson, MD Dr. John Hanson, MD has been a resident of the Sydney area since the 1980's when he immigrated with his parents from South Africa after they were caught between the violence of two warlords. Dr. Hanson attended Sidney High School where he graduated at the top of his class. He went on to attend ANU Medical School where he studied for several years. Dr. Hanson graduated from ANU Medical School with a 4.0-grade point average and became an intern at Sydney Children's Hospital. Dr. Hanson was always trying to spend time outdoors where he would collect small animals and large insects to study. He would frequently come home with a tarantula in a box or a pet snake. One time Dr. Hanson discovered a baby Koala who was all alone after its parents were killed in a wildfire. Dr. Hanson nursed the baby Koala back to health and he continued to raise it since it had no hope of being reintroduced to the wild. Dr. Hanson became known for his pet Koala and he would even bring the Koala which he named Reginald to the hospital to visit sick children. Dr. Hanson quickly became a legendary name at the children's hospital where he worked as an intern thanks to his buddy Reginald. Upon concluding his internship, Dr. Hanson went on to become a resident Doctor at Sydney Medical Centre where he treated burn victims, car accident victims, and other traumatic injuries. The ability to operate with a steady hand and remain focused despite the grievous injuries in front of him earned him a reputation for being the best at the hospital. Sydney Children's Hospital offered Dr. Hanson a position on the board in 2014 and in 2017 Dr. Hanson became the President of the Sydney Children's Hospital but still maintained his role at Sydney Medical Centre as a trauma surgeon. The ability to work calmly under pressure is the trait of a good doctor and Dr. Hanson is no exception. He has a cunning business sense and a heart filled with passion for helping others and is known as an asset to the community of Sydney.
Dr. John Hanson, MD

8 thoughts on “How do you manage your daily life with Chronic Pain?

  1. I found that my stomach pain would lessen if I avoided anything with sugar. Sugar tends to inflame my joints and increase the pain I feel when I sleep and wake up because my body is so sore.

  2. I struggle with fibromyalgia on a daily basis. For years doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. Some tried to say I was faking my pain for pain killers, when I refused them anytime I was offered a prescription because anytime I took them, it did not help ty pain. It’s a struggle to have pain throughout my body everyday without a known cause. I’m finally on meds that can help, but it is still a struggle daily. I keep pushing on and I know someday my pain will finally be completely manageable.

  3. I’m dealing with a Ovarian cyst on my ovaries. I’ve been dealing with this pain for a couple years now. it seems like I have been living in pain for so long. The pain it’s causing me seems like there is no medication to calm it. I have a few medication that takes the pain away but just only for a few hours. I’m not doing well right now, my doctor says that the growth is what’s causing the pain.

  4. I have dealt with chronic migranes for the past five years. I suffer from intense auras and debilitating nausea about once or twice a month, and have tried numerous treatments to help make these migraines less intense but have not yet found a treatment that works. When I have a migraine I cannot function for days.

  5. I used to get chronic migraines a lot. Nothing seemed to help, and doctors could not figure out the cause of them. I would have to live in very low-light environments just because I got them so much. Before I thought it could get any worse, I had a stroke. When I went to the ER, doctors found out I was born with a hole in my heart, and that this was the reason I had a stroke. I got surgery done to close it and my migraines went away. I have been headache free for 8 months now and I am loving life.

  6. Every day is a battle. I wake up and instantly realize the pain is there, I feel it all over. I have to wrap my mind around the never ending struggle I am in. My inner strength and drive has to carry me to be the best I possible can and soldier on so that I can live life and get the most out of it I can.

  7. I deal with migraines on a near daily basis. I’ve found medicines that can help, but they are hit and miss. What works one time, often does not the next. Often the next day i will wake up with what i call a migraine fog. The migraine will be mostly lifted, but i have the remnants of it leftover wreaking havoc. All you can do sometimes, is exist.

  8. I messed up my left knee skiing as a teenager, and 30 years later, still deal with pain from it. Guess I am just too scared to have surgery. But the pain isn’t terribly severe, either. It does get old taking painkillers every few days though to lessen it. I just have to live with it. Pain is no friend of mine!

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