Chronic pain can affect people of all ages; however, when your pain becomes life altering you need to think of ways to manage your pain and your lifestyle. Pain management does not necessarily mean a lifetime of medication; however, sometimes a combination of medication & lifestyle change can be the answer.
The Facts About Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is defined on WebMd as mild to excruciating pain which lasting at least six months; it can be constant or intermittent and is typically life altering.
- 100 Million Americans Suffer From Chronic Pain
- Chronic pain can cause both physical and emotional problems
- Causes of Chronic Pain can include injury, trauma, medical issues such as arthritis, Fibromyalgia, or auto-immune diseases
Symptoms From Chronic Pain
- Fatigue – often the pain can keep you from sleeping or being able to remain asleep
- Depression – because of dealing regularly with pain and the changes you must make in your lifestyle
- Anxiety – feeling out of control with the pain or not knowing when the pain will become overwhelming can cause anxiety for many
- Functions – depending on the frequency and type of pain, most will loose their ability to continue their former lifestyle in the same manner; some become disabled from the pain
5 Ways To Deal With Chronic Pain
Those who deal with chronic pain on a regular basis can make lifestyle changes and decisions that can help them achieve a better quality of life. Keep these ideas in mind when dealing with pain.
- Caregiving – at any age, having a full or part time caregiver can allow you the opportunity to choose what you want to enjoy and put your efforts into. Caregivers can help with everyday tasks that can tire or cause your pain to increase; giving you the opportunity to utilize your energy for things you enjoy.
- Alternative Medicine – many who experience chronic pain have found some relief with alternative methods such as acupuncture, Yoga, meditation, therapeutic massage or supplements. As with any treatment, always consult your physician to discuss alternative medicines.
- Professional Pain Management – professional clinics will concentrate on combining a variety of techniques to reduce your pain. Techniques may include Chiropractic care, massage therapy, natural/homeopathic supplements or ointments, prescriptions, and more.
- Surgical Care – in some cases of chronic pain, knowing the cause of pain can lead to possible surgical techniques to help alleviate it. These may include implants which trigger low level electrical stimulation to particular areas; most commonly the back & neck.
- Exercises – keeping the body moving & active is important. Many types of pain can be relieved with warm water aerobics, cooler/deeper pool exercises and swimming, walking, Yoga, or working with a physical therapist.
Caring Connections understands the need to have chronic pain under control so that you can have your life back. While you may or may not be able to conquer your chronic pain; we want you to know that we can provide help so that you can save your time and energy enjoying life as pain-free as possible.
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