Chronic pain is pain which causes discomfort and lasts more than 12 weeks period or longer. Pain can be caused by injuries, accidents, a specific medical issue, whiplash, or soft tissue damages. Many of us suffer chronic pain, and about 10 millions American suffer chronic pain on a daily basis. Chronic pain makes us suffering through life, difficult to work a regular job, and hard to perform daily chores.
Chronic pain can be debilitating, frustrating, if the pain is controlling your life, please seek pain relief from a health care provider, or therapist.
How do Doctors view Chronic Pain?
As a top cause of job-related disability in the United States, chronic pain places a heavy pressure on the shoulders of individual quality of life as well as costs to society. Chronic pain causes less movement due to aggravating the pain, brings up obesity, diabetes, depression, heart issues. Because chronic pain is a complex issue by itself, doctors apply different approaches, guidelines and best practices to diagnose and treat chronic pain. Doctors consider patient’s age group, young or old, look at the recurrence disease or a new new disease. Doctors use x-ray or MRI imaging to confirm his own diagnosis; also they use neuro diagnosis tests to rule out nerve related disease or radiculopathy diagnosis. Doctors also want to know a complete history of the chronic pain of the affected area. They want to know the modifying factors, the activities help relieving the pain and activities cause aggravating pain.
Most of the times, doctors ask and listen to patients for directions as to their pain beginning time and pain flare up. Most providers spend more than 30 minutes with patients conducting straight leg tests, thorough physical exam. They would discuss with the patient all possible options for pain improvement including conservative measures (eg, physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, pain psychology), considering tradition and/or alternative treatment modality, medication options (eg, NSAID, Over the counter, cream, ointment, pain adjuvant medication , opioid and non-opioid pain adjuncts), injection options, and potential surgical options.
Doctor wants to know the patient’s agreement with the treatment to form a complete treatment plan.
How may chronic pain patient cope?
The chronic pain sufferers can be an active person who can initiate a lot of activities to cope. He or she can mentally in control of his pain, remember pain is partially a mental status, you can separate your physical pain from your mental obsession with pain.
Pain does not have to occupy your mind all the time, pain does not rent your mind, you can evict the thinking about pain from your mind. You can absolute distract your mind from the pain condition, by painting, visualization, hypnosis, video gaming, meditation, volunteering at the children hospitals, gardening, singing and ten other activities. The pain patient has an important role in controlling the pain. The dentist does not floss your teeth everyday, the individual flosses the teeth to keep it clean and no gum diseases. The doctor is a teacher who wants to teach the patient the techniques dealing with pain, the patient needs taking the instructions and practicing the pain control techniques daily. You are in control of your pain. On a good day, you can choose to enjoy your time and try not to think too much about pain on a bad day. Pain can wait for you because it just exists in your thoughts. Just take deep breath and tell pain to wait for you to separate out the mess. as they say motion is lotion, every day, you just move even a little bit to build a new pathway in your brain.
You can do it, you can control your mind and control your pain. No one else can do it for you, so you just be your own teacher and the student at the same time.