Whether you have pain as a result of fibromyalgia, cancer treatments, arthritis, a new injury or an old injury, you need to find a way to get relief from your pain. So what’s the best method?
The first thing you need to do is make an appointment with your doctor so that you can determine what the cause of your pain is and learn what Pain Management approach is likely to be most effective in treating it. There are numerous pain management options so while it may take some trial and error, you and your doctor should be able to find a treatment or combination of treatments that works to bring you relief.
Why is Pain Experienced Differently Among People?
Pain is physical and it is very real, but pain measurement is specific to the individual and on that individual’s perception of pain, which is why each person feels and reacts to pain differently.
According to the experts how the brain perceives pain is affected by one’s emotions. What this means is that a person who is depressed, anxious or fearful may experience pain much differently, often more severe, than a person who has pain but who has no emotional issue.
Pain Management – The Treatment of Mind and Body
Pain management should address both the physical and emotional components – in other words, individuals should be treated as a whole human. For many chronic pain medication is important in pain management providing the necessary relief, it is not the only tool that can be used to treat pain.
There are plenty of medications that can be prescribed to treat pain including:
• Acetaminophen – Tylenol
• NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) – Naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen
• Anti Seizure Medications – Gabapentin, Neurontin – They can effectively treat pain related to nerve damage
• Antidepressants – Can aid with sleep and alleviating pain
• Opioids – Hydrocodone, Percocet, OxyContin, Vicodin, Demerol, etc.
• Benzodiazepines – Ativan, Halcion, Xanax, etc.
• Steroids – Prednisone, Dexamethasone – Can alleviate pain and inflammation
• Injections – Opioids, corticosteroids, etc.
• Physical Therapy – This is an important component of pain management. When exercise is done incorrectly, it can make your pain worse. A physical therapist can create an exercise program that’s right for you so that you can build up your tolerance and reduce your pain.
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – This type of therapy helps an individual to learn and understand what is causing their pain and what can be done about it.
Other Pain Management Options:
What’s important is seeking help to find relief from your pain sooner rather than later. Chronic pain can destroy your ability to properly function in the world and so it’s important to seek help in your pain management so that you can lead a normal, productive, and happy life. This might involve one or more of the treatment options we’ve discussed along with others.