Tips for Managing Your Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can throw your entire life out of whack. Those who suffer from chronic pain can tell you how, more than just headaches or occasional muscle soreness, it’s debilitating and unpredictable. Some days it’s hard to get out of bed, while other days feel next to normal.

In addition to the physical pain, chronic pain can strain relationships and make it hard to have normal social and work lives.

Luckily, there are things you can do to try to manage your chronic pain. Even on the hardest days, following some fairly simple tips can help you keep the pain at bay. Relief is possible.

Do you deal with chronic pain on a daily basis? You don’t need to suffer alone. Dr. Pax Emmanuel and our team at Peerless Medical Concierge can help you overcome chronic pain. Dr. Emmanuel is triple board-certified and works with you to create a customized plan for comprehensive pain management and elimination.

The pain of pain

A 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study estimates that about 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain most days or every day for at least the previous six months. That’s 20 percent of the adult US population!

Furthermore, 8 percent of chronic pain sufferers say the pain is bad enough to limit their daily life or work activities.

Pain, on the surface, is a good thing. It’s the body’s natural reaction to injury, a way of telling us that something isn’t right and needs to be fixed. Pain becomes a problem when it sticks around after healing is complete.

Some of the most common causes of chronic pain are nerve damage, injuries that heal improperly or incompletely, disease, and infection. Sometimes the cause of pain is unknown.

Managing chronic pain

The science around chronic pain is called pain management because that’s really what it’s about. Treatment for chronic pain is focused not on a cure, but on ways to manage the pain and improve day-to-day life. Many of these techniques ease pain over time, so don’t expect immediate relief.

Manage stress

Stress, although mental, has physical consequences that can add to your chronic pain. Meditation and deep breathing have been shown to reduce pain. These activities help you clear your brain of negative thoughts and the concentration they require keeps your brain from being distracted by pain.

You should also look to remove stress from your daily life. If there are specific activities that cause extra stress, try to eliminate them or lessen your time spent on them.

Get extra support

Chronic pain is often isolating. Your friends and family may not understand the immense hurt you’re feeling, and the pain is often so debilitating that you miss social functions. Support groups have been shown to help alleviate pain. These groups let you know that you’re not alone, and you may leave in a better mood and with pain management tactics that have worked for others.

Keep a journal

Experiencing pain on a daily basis can be draining, and pain management is a long road that may sometimes feel like it never ends. Keep a journal of your pain levels, activities, treatments, and progress. Tracking this information can show you what may alleviate or increase your pain levels, and it may help your doctor as well.

Switch your diet

As with almost every health problem, eating right can be a valuable part of controlling pain. An anti-inflammatory diet that’s high in nuts, vegetables, fish, and healthy oils can complement your treatment plan. In addition, cutting down on alcohol and totally removing tobacco from your daily routine are recommended.

Have some fun

Finally, distract yourself. It’s easy to spiral into a bad place when the agony is close to unbearable, but distracting yourself from the pain can help. Do whatever you enjoy, whether that’s playing video games, reading, or spending a game night with friends.

Chronic pain isn’t the end of the world, and you can overcome this debilitating condition. Dr. Emmanuel knows how to assist patients in their pain management and he can help you, too. Call or send a message today.

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