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Pain Management

Learn how to best manage pain

Pain is an awful thing to experience, but it serves an important function. Pain is your body's way of telling you that your body is in danger. When you accidentally touch a hot pan on the stove, you experience acute pain. This triggers your body's self-preservation reflex and you will instinctively remove your hand from whatever is causing pain.

Unfortunately, pain can persist even when your body isn't in any particular danger. This type of pain is called chronic pain and it's an everyday reality for many people. By definition, chronic pain is pain that persists for a period of three months or longer. It can be caused by an injury, but it can also be caused by a medical problem, an aging body or seemingly no reason at all. The pain management techniques will also vary depending what kind of pain it is. Knowing or getting diagnosed with pain conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, diabetic periperhal neuropathy or fibromyalgia will help ensure that you get the proper medications to treat the pain effectively.

Chronic Pain Management

If you experience chronic pain, there are a few things that you can do to help ease your discomfort:

  • Make healthy choices. If you lead an unhealthy life, you're more likely to experience pain. Exercise, eat right and make sure that you get enough sleep every night.
  • Pay attention. Keep track of when you experience pain. If you can discover what factors cause your pain (or cause it to intensify), you can work to eliminate these factors from your life. Try keeping a diary of when you experience pain and then discussing it with your physician.
  • Mind over matter. Positive thinking and meditation can reduce pain. When pain flares up, take a few moments to close your eyes and visualize yourself in a calm and peaceful place. With a little practice, you can learn to take control over your pain, rather than allowing it to control you.

While these tips can help reduce pain, they may not be enough to eliminate it entirely. If you persistently experience pain, consult your doctor (or, better yet, visit a pain management clinic and speak to a specialist).

Back Pain Management

Nearly two-thirds of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their adult lives. For many, the experience will be brief but very unpleasant (anyone who has ever thrown out their back can attest to this). For others, the pain can persist over months or even years. If you suffer from chronic back pain, speak to your doctor about your options. Be sure to explore the possibility of both noninvasive pain management techniques (analgesic and muscle relaxant drugs) and invasive pain management techniques (injections and surgery).

Arthritis Pain Management

Joint pain is a reality for many of us as we grow older. Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. However, there are a number of effective strategies for preventing and alleviating arthritis pain. If you experience joint pain, speak to your doctor about your arthritis treatment options.

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