Managing Chronic Pain
If you're one of the many people that suffer from chronic
pain you'll need all the help you can get for managing it
successfully. Chronic pain is defined as pain that doesn't
go away, unlike acute pain that will dissipate as the
injury, or other medical condition, heals. After a long
period of time of dealing with chronic pain it often becomes
a combination of body and mind discomfort that is very
painful for the individual.
In such a situation, you can get maximum help from your
doctor. You have to keep him informed about your health
constantly and any changes that may occur. Most often than
not you would be on some medication either prescribed or
bought over the counter. If they stop affecting you then you
have to discuss with your doctor to find an alternative.
Exercise is another tool to help you manage your pain. For
an individual with chronic pain, it may be difficult to
exercise. You may be able to find a type of exercise that
you can engage in, despite the chronic pain. Exercise helps
the body manage pain because it allows the body to remain
flexible and toned. And, by being in good shape, you can
handle the other physical problems that can be the result of
Some of you may want to try out some food supplements which
claim to give you relief your pain. But be careful as many
of these over the counter cures don't have US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) approval. Take these supplements only
on the doctor's advice. Don't take them if they further
complicate your condition or don't work for you.
A good way to deal with your pain can be to indulge in
relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation,
visualization, acupuncture, and acupressure in ones
lifestyle. These techniques give relief both to mind and
body. These are a great way to keep your body in good shape.
These techniques provide relaxation for your whole body and
teach you to breathe correctly. They help you in dealing
with everyday stress and problems of your life.
You may want to think about joining a support group for
those people suffering from chronic pain. You'll be able to
talk with other people who are going through the same
emotions and feelings that you are dealing with everyday. By
discussing your own experience you'll not only be helping
yourself by talking about what is happening in your life,
you may also be helping someone else who needs to hear what
you have to say.
You don't have to deal with chronic pain all by yourself.
Ask family and friends to support you if there are some
things that you just can't do for yourself. By being frank
about what you're going through you'll feel less alone and
able to cope.
There is a lot of reading material that you can find to give
you as much information that you need for dealing with your
pain. The more informed that you are about what is happening
to your body the better able you'll be to deal with the pain
and the effects on your life from the result of this pain.
Viggio Harris is the chief editor for Four Pain,
a fantastic resource for information about
pain and pain control,
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