Managing Your Pain
Pain management is extremely important to anyone that is suffering from pain or chronic pain. Pain management can refer to a variety of pain management treatments. Before your doctor puts you on pain management, he or she will have to access your pain. At some point and time, you’re going to experience pain. It’s a given that pain is likely in your future. What does pain tell us? Pain tells us that something is wrong. It’s our body’s way of informing that we need to do something. Everyone reacts to pain in different ways so pain management treatments do vary. After your doctor accesses your chronic pain, both of you will be able to determine what type of pain management treatments will benefit you the most.
Variation Types Of Pain
Most pain is often classified as acute pain and chronic pain. Let’s look at the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is pain that comes suddenly or quickly brought on. Acute pain doesn’t last long, generally a few days to a few weeks. Acute pain is generally brought on by injury, such as tissue or muscle damage.
Acute pain can refer to several different types of injuries. Acute pain could define a broken bone, surgery, burn, migraine, cut or a tooth ache. Acute pain can be minor or it can be extremely severe, such as a broken bone or even labor. Although acute pain can be severe at and around the time of injury, the pain is expected to decrease and eventually go away.
Chronic pain is pain that can last long periods at a time, from months to years. Chronic pain can be brought on by disease and medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease. Chronic pain can be caused by injury but most chronic pain cases are often associated to the nerves.
Chronic pain can also refer to a variety of different things, most commonly disease and medical conditions. Chronic pain is the type of pain that persist three months or longer. Chronic pain can be caused by injury also, even though the injury may have healed properly. Since chronic pain often refers to nerves, pain signals in your body can last for weeks, months and years. Chronic pain can have many symptoms and cause many issue, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Pain Management Treatments
There’s several different pain management treatments that can be used to help your pain. As you can see in the list below, you’ll have several different options for pain relief.
- Behavior Counseling
- Chiropractic Therapy
- Electrical Stimulation
- Mind/Body Therapy
- Nerve Blockers
- Over-The-Counter Medications (Motrin, Tylenol
- Pain Medications (Vicodin, Morphine)
- Psychological Counseling
- Relaxation Techniques
- Physical Therapy
As you can see, there’s a number of different pain management treatments that can be used and the list above is only a few of those. The key element is working with your doctor to find the right form of pain management treatment that will work for you. When I suffered from chronic pain, I did find pain relief but the chronic pain was always present. While a few hours of pain relief was worth it, pain management treatments can be expensive, especially over a long period of time as chronic pain issues usually are.
How Long Does Pain Management Treatments Last?
The length of your pain management treatment can’t be estimated due to many reasons. Everyone reacts differently when it comes to pain management treatments. Some of you may be able to complete your pain management treatments in a few months or a year. Some of you may have to be in a pain management treatment for the rest of your life. It all depends on the type of patient and their condition. Since chronic pain can be associated to dozens of different injuries, medical conditions, injuries and natural cause, there’s no real accurate estimate that I can give you for this question.
The purpose of pain management treatments is to give heal you from your chronic pain and help you relieve your chronic pain. You’ll probably go through multiple pain management treatments to determine what pain management course you will take. The duration of your pain treatment will also depend on test results and how you respond to specific treatments.
Most chronic pain cases can be pointed back to a specific nerve(s) that is causing your pain. In many cases, your doctor will be able to run test, find the cause of your chronic pain and treat it accordingly. Chronic pain occurs when your nerves send pain signals to the brain. You react by feeling the pain. It’s like your nerves are a road. If you have chronic pain, there’s a damaged road along the road somewhere. In order for traffic to return to normal, the damage has to be found, treated and corrected.
In some cases of chronic pain, it’s possible that no apparent issue is found. These are the difficult chronic pain cases that are often hard to treat. Injuries can heal correctly and everything returns to look normal but chronic pain still occurs. Just because a doctor can’t find the cause of your pain doesn’t mean that nothing is wrong, this is far from the truth. If you’ve been to the doctor and you’ve been told that it’s “all in your head,” time to get a new doctor and a second opinion.