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Living with chronic pain

Chronic pain can be a debilitating condition; one that prevents the sufferer from living their life to the full.

Pain management comprises of a number of treatment options which keep chronic pain under control. But what does pain management involve and how does it work?

Pain management – chronic pain treatments for body and mind

When dealing with chronic pain, it is important to understand that treatment must be physical and emotional. For this reason, medication is only ever part of the solution for chronic pain.

Medication

The types of chronic pain medication include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin

  • Acetaminophen – Tylenol

  • Antidepressants – encourage sleep which can alleviate pain

  • Anti-seizure medication – for nerve pain following damage

  • Steroids – dexamethasone and prednisone

Therapy

Various forms of therapy supplement the work of any medication by providing relief, both physical and psychological.

Physical therapy is essential to pain management, using exercise to reduce pain and build up the patient’s physical tolerance.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a psychological process, which allows the subject to learn about their pain and have a better understanding of where the feelings come from and what they signify.

Other chronic pain treatments

There are other ways to treat chronic pain which can help the subject to deal with their feelings of pain. This includes:

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy (TENS therapy)

  • Meditation

  • Biofeedback – controlling muscle tension, temperature, heart rate

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Visual imagery

  • Heat therapy and cold therapy

  • Massage and manipulation therapy

Some of these techniques can be carried out alone and this is important because successful pain management is a full-time job and not just reserved for periodic therapy sessions.

Other self-help pain management techniques include:

  • Gentle exercise

  • Breathing exercises

  • Distract yourself

  • Stick to a normal sleep routine

  • Stay in touch with friends and family

  • Relax

Living with chronic pain can be difficult and if those feelings of pain are the result of an accident or failing which was not entirely your fault, it is all the more important to seek the compensation you deserve.

This will support your ongoing treatment and care costs and cover any loss of income which has resulted from your condition.

Of course, legal proceedings can be fairly stressful times, but Moore Blatch remove all of that stress by managing all of the complex aspects of the legal process for you; while providing compassion and understanding on the subject of chronic pain.

Talk to us today to find out more about the help and support we can provide.

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