Living with Chronic Pain

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Pain is something that we all experience. It can also come from wounds or injury but one must not suffer from pain for a long period. However, not all of us are aware that we are already suffering from chronic pain or even if we know we are in pain, we often ignore the signs and symptoms of it and carry on with our daily activities. Often times we end up suffering greater consequences all because we ignore the pain that we felt.

Defining chronic pain

Chronic pain is described as pain for longer periods of time and usually lasts for weeks or months. When a pain lasts longer than a week, it could definitely put a toll on our physical and emotional well-being. The most common sources of pain usually steams from joint pain, injuries, backaches and headaches as well as body parts like the back, neck, shoulders and pelvis. Muscle pain and nerve pain can also lead to chronic pain which is why it is important that you are able to identify where your pain comes from. Although wounds and injuries cause pain too, pain that does not show any physical damage is often considered as something alarming. The psychological effect of chronic pain is also important as they can either cover up the pain or amplify it.

So what are the signs of chronic pain to look out for? Here are the signs and symptoms:

  • Mild to severe pain
  • A feeling of soreness, tightness, discomfort and stiffness are often present
  • The pain may be described as shooting, aching, burning to jolting
  • The person suffering from chronic pain may also have fatigue, sleeplessness, weak immune system, lack of physical activity, mood swings and even disability.

Managing the pain

Of course, there are ways to manage chronic pain and often times they are very helpful in relieving this kind of pain. Here are tips that you can do in order to live with chronic pain:

Breathing techniques and meditation

While some people rely on medications, some people manage their chronic pain with breathing exercises and even meditation. This helps the body to relax and helps the mind to be distracted from focusing on the pain alone.

Exercise to boost your endorphin levels

When endorphins are high, a change in mood happens. This can be achieved with the help of exercising; not only does it strengthens muscles but also prevents further pain and injury. Plus it’s a good way to stay in shape while keeping your endorphins up. Ask your physician on what exercises you can do to manage chronic pain. This way you can prevent further injuries in the future.

 Stay away from stress

This might be a common advice but staying away from stress reduces your pain. Anxiety, depression and the likes can only worsen your pain. You can manage stress by using relaxation techniques like listening to soothing music, guided imagery and the likes. You can also do a hobby that can lessen your stress and distract you from the pain itself.

Keep a record of your pain

You can do this by keeping a diary about the pain you are feeling. Rate that pain on a scale of 1-10 and see what the activity that triggered your pain was. You can then show this to your doctor so he or she can assess your condition better.

Massages help

One of the best ways to soothe your chronic pain is to get a massage. Of course, consult your physician first before you engage in this activity as there might be some risk factors or contraindications for your condition.

Eat a healthy and balanced diet

Sometimes our chronic pain may be due to vitamin deficiencies. Eating a healthy and balanced diet can provide you with nutrients and vitamins that your body needs in order to repair damaged tissues or nerves that might be causing your pain.

If these chronic pain management tips don’t work out for you then you might be suffering from a serious medical condition. Make sure to get checked by your physician as soon as possible so you can avoid further injuries in the future. Good luck!