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.
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.
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:
- Arthritis or joint problems
- Nerve Damage
- Back injuries/pain
- Lyme Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- 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.
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.