Guide to Living with Pain, Pain Management Tips & Treatment Options
Living with pain can be a daily battle but there are some ways to get relief from both acute and chronic pain. Whether you have joint pain, back pain, or get migraines on a daily basis, you need a pain management strategy that will help to reduce the effects of some of those symptoms and get you back to your daily routine. According to the National Centes for Health Statistics, 76.2 million Americans suffer from some type of pain and more than 26% of Americans over the age of 20 report they have had a problem with pain that lasted more than 24 hours. Learning about symptoms and options for managing and treating pain can help you get a better handle on your life compromised by chronic or acute pain.
Even though the physical effects of pain are obvious, you may be suffering from both the emotional and physical effects of pain. The degree of pain you are experiencing can vary from day to day and can progressively get worse if you do not take care of your health. Pain can be triggered by actual tissue damage or nerve damage. In some cases, there is no known cause of pain but the body keeps sending pain signals to the brain. Pain that lasts for more than six months is defined as chronic pain and is usually linked to the nervous system. Pain that occurs after an injury or accident and localized to a particular area of the body is defined as acute pain. This type of pain usually resolves when the damaged tissues heal.
Types of Pain
Arthritis: Arthritis pain is caused by the inflammation of the joints that triggers pain.
Chronic Pain: Includes conditions such as joint pain and shoulder pain where the pain persists for more than 6 months.
Back Pain: Often linked to nerve or muscular problems, degenerative discs, arthritis, strain, poor posture, or an injury to the back.
Neck Pain: Often linked to TMJ, posture problems or an injury to the shoulders or upper back.
Migraine Pain: Pulsating pain or a throbbing sensation on one side of the head that can be triggered by weather changes, flickering lights, or even certain foods.
Nerve Pain: A pins and needles sensation, weakness and numbness in the extremities.
Fibromyalgia Pain: A neurochemical imbalance that triggers musculoskeletal pain with most of the pain found near the joints.
Tips for Managing Pain
Whether you are suffering from acute pain or chronic pain, there are some ways to manage pain symptoms and get some relief from aching, stiffness or shooting pain. Becoming dependent on narcotics or OTC pain relievers can be dangerous and does not resolve the problem. You can take steps to improve the health of your joints and overall health so that pain subsides naturally. Some of the most effective ways to manage pain include:
- Bracing or Splinting
- Hormone Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Steroid Shots
- Nutraceuticals (Dietary Supplements)
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