Chronic Pain Syndrome and You
If you have been diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome chance are you are desperate for relief. Coping with chronic illness can be difficult, but it is something that millions of people face each year. Chronic pain help is much more comprehensive and accessible than it was in the past. It is important that you know that the possibility of you living a happy and healthy life are greater now than ever before.
Naturally, when you have chronic pain syndrome and it goes undetected it can significantly alter your life. When coping with chronic illness many people report problems with depression, self-esteem and anger along with it interfering with your daily activities.
Once you are diagnosed and your doctor begins treatment things should begin to improve for you rather quickly.
Chronic pain help typically involves the use of chronic pain medications such as pain relievers, antidepressants and anticonvulsants. Your doctor will determine which chronic pain medications will work best in treating your chronic pain syndrome.
In addition to medication your doctor may recommend physical, occupational and behavioral therapy to help relieve your pain. They will also advice you to make certain lifestyle changes regarding sleep, diet and smoking if they apply to your situation. In certain situations surgery may also help provide you some relief.
The chronic pain medications that your doctor prescribes you will depend primarily on your level of discomfort. If you are experiencing mild discomfort your doctor will usually recommend over the counter pain medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin.
For mild to moderate pain your doctor would prescribe a combination drug such as tylenol with codeine. Moderate to severe pain would call for a stronger drug like Morphine or Oxycodone.
In many cases your doctor will also prescribe an opid for short-term relief during severe pain flare ups.
You shouldn't be surprised if your doctor prescribes you an antidepressant or an antiepiletic drug to treat your pain syndrome. These drugs are prescribed because they work in the brain to interfere with the bodies ability to send pain signals. Antidepressants often serve a duel purpose for you if you are dealing with depression caused by your chronic pain.
There are a number of other therapies that may provide you some relief from your illness. One of those therapies is called biofeedback. Biofeedback is an alternative medical treatment that helps train you to have more control over your body’s physical responses that are normally automatic. In addition to this some doctors will recommend cognitive behavioral therapy with a trained mental health counselor.
Regardless of the treatments and chronic pain medications your doctor prescribes it is important to remember that long-term relief can take time. It is not uncommon for people with chronic pain syndrome to suffer setbacks and to try multiple treatment methods and medications before finding what is effective for them.
It is essential to communicate with your doctor during the treatment process so they can make the necessary adjustments to your treatment regimen. However, with time and perseverance you can live a happy and relatively pain free life.
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