Options To Manage Chronic Pain

Understand the pain cycle

Chronic pain can become a vicious cycle. Here’s an example of back pain.

– You treat your back pain with pain medicine.
– The pain continues and the medicine doesn’t work the way you want.
– You avoid being active because you don’t want to re injure your back
– With less activity and muscle conditioning, the pain gets even worse.
– At the same time, you can’t get out and be social due to pain.
– You’re anxious or depressed about being stuck at home and in pain, so you don’t want to do anything.
– That lack of mobility can make the pain even worse.
– Brings us back to > You treat your back pain with pain medicine

Even though it hurts, it’s important to continue moving through pain to stretch and strengthen your muscles. Be sure to follow your doctor’s advice for what movement and activity is right for you.

What are options to manage chronic pain?

Treatments for chronic pain include both medicine and activities. No single treatment works for everyone. Be open to trying new treatments and combinations of treatments. Treatment options include:

  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy – a goal-directed approach where you learn how to change thought perceptions and behavioral and emotional triggers of pain and stress
  • Movement therapy, including physical therapy
  • Medications that aren’t addictive
  • Interventional therapies (injections) 
  • Exercise (like yoga or Pilates) and weight loss 
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage

Take care and visit the doctor if pain persists.

Reference : https://file.anthem.com/106486ANMENABS.pdf

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Pain is a daily struggle for me. U use CBD ghee butter that I make. It helps with digestion and inflammation. It does not have a high level of THC. I do it for the CBD benefits not the smile that may come with. Pain is no joke.

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    1. GS says:

      Ghee is the food you need if you have joint pain, arthritis. It helps in soothing inflammation, lubricates joints and reduces joint stiffness caused by arthritis.

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  2. bobokuma says:

    Really informative

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you found the post informative.

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  3. Back pain is a general and serious issue.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes it is very common specially during the pandemic when everyone is not that active. But there are easy things we can do to avoid medicine abuse.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing.

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      1. Always a joy and pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, My Dear! Have a great day!! xoxox 😘💕🎁🌹

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      2. GS says:

        💙💙

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  4. Declan Taggart says:

    Thank you for this – I suffer with chronic discomfort due to acid reflux, and it is a nightmare.. especially the cycle I cam get in with avoiding social situations, which in turn makes me feel worse!

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    1. GS says:

      Include more pre and probiotics in you diet.

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      1. Declan Taggart says:

        Thanks. Would you recommend supplements, and is it dangerous to take too many?

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      2. GS says:

        If you take the right type and amount of pro & probiotics in your diet and that too consistently, your gut will eventually heal. You would not require any supplementation.

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