Tame your Pain: How to Deal with Chronic Pain
Milllions of people suffer with chronic pain on a daily basis. Depending upon the reason for your pain there are several methods to keep your pain levels under control. Chronic pain is an issue that affects millions of people around the world. In some cases, it can be difficult to manage, and it can negatively affect an individual’s lifestyle and get in the way of every day activities. Chronic pain can impact one’s physical abilities, but perhaps even more frighteningly, it can have a very bad impact on mood and mental health. Chronic pain has been linked with depression, anxiety, and other issues as well.
Mild physical exercise
Although it might sound counter-intuitive, mild physical exercise is a great way to reduce chronic pain. Stretching, yoga, and walking are very good examples. Before you undertake any physical activity, it’s better to ask for a doctor’s opinion!
If you decide to practice any form of physical exercise while experiencing severe chronic pain, make sure that you don’t strain or overwork yourself.
Hot baths and Spas
Hot water has many amazing properties, stimulating the blood flow in the body, as well as providing comfort. It soothes inflammation and its natural buoyancy provides weight relief. This means that your body doesn’t have to carry so much weight when you’re floating in the water. As a result, your bones will be relieved from their “duty” of sustaining your body, and they can relax, along with your muscles.
Regular physiotherapy sessions
Habitual physiotherapy session can help you improve your overall wellness. In addition to that, they can provide relief from chronic pain and a wide variety of issues. People who have experienced injuries or other physical traumas can deeply benefit from physiotherapy.
A talented physiotherapist can actually provide valuable guidance and insights into your health, as well as assisting you with suggestions on how to manage your pain levels.
Avoid strain and fatiguing physical work
If you experience chronic pain, you should consider staying away from physical strain and tasking work. In most cases, handling heavy objects or working jobs that are taxing for your body might actually exacerbate chronic pain. Consider seeing a physician to make sure your day job isn’t making your pain worse.
Watch your posture
Most of us spend a lot of time laying or sitting down. Poor posture can negatively impact our skeletal structure, and make chronic pain worse. Be sure to learn about good posture, and you might see an improvement in your pain levels!
Unfortunately a common belief is that medications relieve pain, which they do for short term as in after surgery procedures. However they do not heal chronic pain. They merely mask the symptoms. At best, what medications do is to keep you from feeling totally miserable. However, when the pain comes back, you need to take more and more medications.
This is what has contributed to the eruption of addiction epidemics in our country and of people dying from overuse of opioids and other highly addictive painkillers and analgesics.
How you can stop or slow down your chronic pain without medications
As listed above there are many systems of healing that are effective at helping you relieve and heal your chronic pain along with other therapies such as:
- craniosacral technique
- spiritual healing
- dietary therapy
- chiropractic adjustment
- osteopathic manipulation
- herbal remedies and supplements
- psychotherapy, biofeedback
- Medical Marijuana
- physical therapy
- and massage to name a few
These forms of treatment can help you to reduce your discomfort and increase your awareness of what is making your pain worse. As your pain decreases and you get better, you can discover what is at the core of your chronic pain.
It’s important that you keep a journal of your chronic pain to note which therapies help the most, when you feel your best and worst, and which foods and situations aggravate your pain most.
For some people it’s necessary to visit a pain clinic. This can depend on which state you live in. When I moved to FL. it was necessary for me to go to one due to my chronic migraines and fibromyalgia symptoms. It was hard to understand the value of a pain clinic coming from the Northeast. I was used to just going to my regular GP and having her send me to a Physical therapist, or my Neurologist or prescribe me a new medication.
Obviously living with chronic pain isn’t something that anyone wants to do and it’s a constant struggle to find the right balance and therapy to deal with it.
There are many people who do live with this type of pain and wind up on a prescription merry-go-round of painkillers. And while those prescriptions are an immediate help, such as after surgery, there are adverse side effects of taking them for too long of a period. This is something if you can, you should avoid you should all together.
What has become a reckless intake of painkillers by those that suffer chronic pain has made the health care community see the value a clinic like this can provide. They have multiple approaches and options to pain management and focus on the individual as a person. They aren’t just masking the pain, but looking for the best and safest possible results of pain management.
It has been determined by looking at survey results, almost sixty percent of those surveyed that suffer chronic pain were undergoing treatment through pain clinics for 12 months experienced a major reduction in their chronic pain.
Some of these clinics have a focus on one treatment method. Such as methods that utilize steroid injections to reduce any inflammation. These injections may also relieve any back pain or headaches that often come with or are the result of chronic pain.
Multiple Alternative Pain Treatments Are Offered
Today these types of facilities use a variety of treatment providers that employ a variety of specialists from different areas of the medical field. They share information about the patients with each other and then coordinate a care plan that will get them the best results possible.
Between each of these health care providers, there may be the following specialists involved:
· Family Physician
· Physical Medicine Specialist
· Physical Therapist
Any medications that are prescribed to a patient by a doctor working through a program sponsored by a pain clinic includes pain medications, anti-anxiety medications that reduce a patient’s tension, NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories), steroids for inflammation reduction, muscle relaxers, as well as anticonvulsants or antidepressants that can aid in controlling specific nerve pains suffered by the patients.
With that being said when these therapies don’t work so well some people go outside traditional medical therapies and try other more holistic approaches like medical marijuana, cbd oils, and even Kratom treatments.
These treatments are all increasing in popularity and gaining more exposure for many reasons but they all treat different forms of pain and symptoms of various diseases in different ways.
It’s really important to educate yourself in learning about how each one works to heal your particular pain. Visit a specialist about them if you can, especially since they’re not regulated yet. I have had relief with CBD oils for neck pain and have an interest in trying Kratom one day. Once I do I’ll write my review about my personal findings.
Kratom is a distant relative of coffee and when consumed in high doses can make the user feel emotionally and physically weak, cause anxiety, mood swings and lethargy.
On the other hand, if it is used in lower or small doses, it will do the complete opposite to a person. The user will feel energized and will be enthusiastic to work longer or study harder.
The many fans of Kratom say that the user feels at peace and somewhat euphoric when consuming it, yet not ‘high’ and most importantly they do not feel the pain that they normally feel due to their chronic injuries or ailments, making it easier to go about their days normally and live a better life.
Many users who have had serious injuries like athletes and others, and have come off years of powerful opiate type drugs have found relief with Kratom without experiencing the negative side effects that accompany medications like oxycontin and hydrocodone, Vicodin and such.
Kratom is also supposed to be helpful for soldiers who experience PTSD, anxiety and depression as an estimated 20-22 Veterans PER DAY commit suicide according to the Veterans Administration.
I have first hand personal experience with this. Thousands of young Veterans who have served our Country are suffering daily and something has to be done to help them deal with their pain without them becoming dependent upon mind numbing pharmaceutical meds that just suppress symptoms or highly addictive opiates created in a lab.
Last night I watched Chris Bell’s excellent documentary called A Leaf of Faith about the pain relieving powers of Kratom as well as the vast controversy and research surrounding this medicinal leaf from South East Asia that has been healing people for hundreds of years. He and many other scientists claim that it could potentially be the answer for the Opioid epidemic in this country.
I highly recommend you watch it!
Keep in mind, even though this substance is legal it is not regulated and there is still not enough research done on it.
One should always go for an expert advice and do your homework as anything can be dangerous if ingested excessively.
There are many ways to combat chronic pain and lead a normal, happy life. The solution is to find the right blend of therapies that works best for your type of pain and fits in with your lifestyle!
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