Managing Chronic Pain: Trying to Avoid Pills

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back pain1When someone has chronic pain it can seem like there is nothing that will help them. Medications often don’t work or don’t work as well as they should. Over 116 million people suffer from chronic pain. There are different ways of handling it to make it a little more bearable without become a pill popper.

1. First off you need to find a pain specialist. They are trained to specifically pinpoint all different types of pain. If you go to your general physician you may end up getting no diagnosis or getting the wrong diagnosis. Taking the wrong medication can leave you with more problems than you started with.

2.Do not overdo it with the pills. Some medications may help with chronic pain, but the second they are not taken anymore, the pain comes back and often feels worse than before. This is why people abuse pain medications.

3.Look out on the internet or in your library and do your research. You may not believe what the doctor tells you or you would like to go into an appointment armed with questions to ask. Sometimes they will tell you that there is no treatment when there are actually many. You just have to know where to look.

4.Recently, epidurals and other pain medication injections have become an effective form of treatment for chronic pain. They are usually used to treat a nerve at the source and are minimally invasive.

5.Take control of your expectations and make sure that you are not setting them too high. If you have a really high expectation for managing your pain, you may become easily frustrated if certain medications or treatments don’t work as well as you think they should.

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