Dealing With Chronic Pain can be difficult
First, I want to make sure you understand I am not a physician so before you do anything, consult your medical professional. I am a guy who has suffered with one type of pain or another most of my life. Thirteen major surgeries over sixty years. Five on my hip with two total replacements, knee replacement, torn quad tendon, gall bladder surgery, gastric bypass, hand surgery and two shoulder operations other then that I’m doing great.
I have learned over the years that when you suffer with pain you do it on your own. Yes, there can be family and friends that sympathize and empathize with you. They can tell you how badly they feel for you but you must suffer alone and when you are alone late at night lying in bed in pain it can be the loneliest felling you will ever feel. I have found five steps to help deal with chronic pain.
One thing that I realize, but I’m not always good at, is that complaining and whining when dealing with chronic pain doesn’t help. Yes, we always can use some sympathy but at the end of the day it doesn’t help the pain. I have found five steps to help deal with chronic pain.
Here are 5 steps helping you deal with chronic pain:
- See a professional that specializes in your issue. If you have back pain, see a back specialist. Your General Practitioner can only do so much, hopefully he or she will refer you without having to ask but if not you need to demand a referral.
- Medication will only mask the pain and help you deal with the pain for a period a period of time. Also, the Opioids they prescribe today are extremely addictive and can cause you greater issues than the pain. You need to find a doctor that can help solve your problem.
- Don’t be afraid to have surgery I know many individuals that suffer daily but refuse to have surgery to repair their injury. I can’t tell you how much better I feel since I had my recent knee replacement. Sure, there was some challenges with surgery but it was well worth it.
- Never give up looking for the right treatment. Medicine and medical procedures get better daily and you just don’t know when they will find a cure for your pain.
Below is a great article from Spine -Health by William W. Deardorff, PHD, ABPP
He states in the first paragraph:
“People with severe, chronic back pain know how it can utterly disrupt and damage one’s life. Chronic back pain can be cruel—making it hard to enjoy even the simplest daily activities or carry out an exercise routine.”
How correct he is click below to read the complete article.