Chronic Muscle Pain
If you are experiencing intense chronic muscle pain that is persistent, it may be caused by a number of different chronic pain disorders. Your problem could be caused by complex regional pain syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome or chronic regional pain syndrome. However, these are just a few of the many conditions that may be causing your chronic pain. Regardless of what is causing your chronic pain it is generally treated using the same treatment methods.
Medication is used to treat almost every type of muscle pain. Most likely your doctor will recommend that you take an over the counter pain reliever before they prescribe you something stronger. Acetaminophen, otherwise known as Tylenol and NSAID drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin can be very effective for many types of chronic pain.
If these drugs do not work they may recomend that you take a prescription pain reliever. Your doctor may also give you a prescription for an Opioid like morphine, oxycodone and hydrococdone for severe pain episodes.
There are a number of other medications your doctor may prescribe you to relieve chronic muscle pain. They may try certain antidepressants or anticonvulsants. This is because both of these types of drugs block the pain signals in your brain. The most commonly prescribed antidepressant used for pain relief would be amitriptyline. There are a few anticonvulsants that are commonly prescribed, they would be gabapentin, pregabalin, and carbamazepine.
Your doctor may also recommend that you use a topical analgesic such as capsaicin or lidocaine. Topical analgesics help to numb the affected area so that pain your are experiencing is decreased. In addition to this, your doctor may also prescribe or inject a corticosteroid like prednisone to reduce inflammation and relieve your pain.
Other Chronic Pain Treatments
Most doctors use a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to relieving chronic muscle pain. They begin treatment with medication because it provides instant relief, but they recommend other treatments to improve your overall quality of life. The most commonly used therapy for chronic pain is physical therapy. However, massage, counseling, acupuncture and certain lifestyle changes are also advised.
During physical therapy for muscle pain treatment you will take part in a number of activities. You will do simple stretching exercises along with low impact aerobic exercises. You will also perform some guided strength building exercises to help improve the function of your affected muscles. Your physical therapist may also use other techniques including ultrasound, massage and electrical nerve stimulation.
The purpose of physical therapy is to improve function and mobility along with reducing your pain.
If you are living with chronic muscle pain chances are you are desperate for relief. Whether your pain is caused by myofascial pain syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic regional pain syndrome or another chronic pain condition a multidisciplinary approach is your best chance at relief. The more active you are in your treatment program and the more treatment methods you try the more likely you will find a treatment program that is effective for you.
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