Pain is a serious issue and should not be left untreated. Be it in any part of the body, pain that is a recurrent phenomenon for quite some time should be administered with proper medical knowledge. Chronic pain is pain that carries on for quite some time in any part of your body. The accurate definition of chronic pain includes any pain that lasts more than a span of 6 months. There remains a distinction between acute and chronic pain. The former goes away, with the latter that is not the case. Lasting pain is always a signifier of some kind of serious harm or damage. Some of the causes of chronic pain may be arthritis, pelvic infection, burns, nerve damage, disc diseases, scarring or even pain induced by cancerous growths.
Listed below are some of the ways to tackle chronic pain as suggested by medical professionals.
- Over-the-counter medication:
These are some of the quick and short-term effect generating solutions recommended by doctors to combat chronic pain. The most common medicines for tackling pain are acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen etc. These are however short-term remedies for combating pain. Long term usage of these drugs can have severe side-effects.
- Prescription medication:
The proper form of medication for the particular kind of chronic pain that you are experiencing depends on the kind of pain and the area where it persists. These are stronger medications than OTCs and are always medically suggested. Prescription meds mainly include non-opoids such as aspirin and acetaminophen, opoids like morphine and oxycodone, adjuvant analgesics such as antidepressants and anti-convulsants. These medications are directed towards treating the particular point of the pain and are usually prescribed for long term usages for acute pain.
- Trigger point injections:
In case of acute suffering, these trigger point injections are of great help. Local anesthetics can administer these injections which usually also contain steroids. These tackle trigger points that are special types of tender areas inside muscles. However trigger areas are not found in all adults. Mainly patients suffering from conditions like fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic pelvic pain and suchlike disorders find trigger point injections useful for cuing their conditions.
The best an ancient way for all kinds of physical disorders, it is very hard to fathom the benefits of exercise. In cases of chronic pain as well, exercise provides great relief. Regular exercise is very important as it can prove to be immensely useful for strengthening muscles, increasing joint mobility, improving sleep, releasing endorphins and reducing overall pain. Exercise also includes several techniques that provide greater relaxation like meditation, message and yoga. These relaxation techniques have immense benefits for strengthening muscles and improving flexibility.
- Psychological counseling:
Often along with medicines, counseling too offers great help. The treatments of pain are complex and a multi-modal approach should always be used for its treatment. A particular method of treatment that might work for one might just not work for the other. Psychological help is of great help since pain is hugely dependent on the brain interpreting and processing it. Antidepressants are also very helpful since they affect the way pain is processed by the brain. Depression and anxiety too are the possible causes which contributes in affecting chronic pain. By tackling those conditions, your coping skills are improved which might help offering the relief in pain.
These are the ways that all medical professionals suggest for quickly dealing with chronic pain conditions. There are other ways like surgery that are more time-consuming and long drawn procedures for handling pain. The above mentioned processes are relatively simple and medically approved ones for dealing with painful conditions.
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