Dealing with Pain when You Face an Illness
We are all familiar with experiencing some type of physical pain in our lives. How many medications do you have in your home to alleviate pain? The manufacturers of OTC (over-the-counter) pain medications go so far as to create medications that target specific types of pain. Most of us will do whatever it takes to avoid pain.
If you have ever been in a hospital, you probably were asked how severe is the pain you are experiencing on a scale of 1 to 10. The level of pain will be the deciding factor on the type of pain medication or other pain reducing procedures used to help you.
It is important to deal with pain because it interferes with our lives. It interferes with our quality of life, our day-to-day responsibilities, clouds our thinking and disrupts our body’s ability to function properly.
Pain is not a universal experience. The type of pain you’re experiencing is dependent on your illness or injury. Muscular or skeletal pain differs greatly from nerve pain. There is not just one type of pain, so pain treatments are tailored to the type of pain you are experiencing.
The other differentiating factor is when pain is a major symptom of the disease and when it is the result of treatment, like following surgery. Doctors prescribe medications other than analgesics and narcotics to relieve pain. Some types of pain are best treated by anti-depressants.
Acupuncture has become a more mainstream treatment for pain.
Increasingly acupuncture is being recognized by insurance companies and reimbursement is available. The type of treatment you choose for pain is up to you.
However you choose to reduce or eliminate pain, be sure that you do it safely and with professional guidance. This is not the time to self-medicate.
The problem with pain is that there is no test that shows the intensity or level of your pain. It is an experience you must convey to your doctor. This is a personal experience so having a good rapport with your medical provider goes a long way when fighting pain. Pain cannot always be totally eliminated.
Pain is real. Do not let others discount your experience. Someone who has never had a migraine headache or a ruptured disc has no idea what another person has been through who has experienced either condition.
You may at some time decide to seek a consult with a pain specialist. Always ask “what is next” as long as you are experiencing pain that is consuming or intruding in your life.
The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life (APA Lifetools)
by: Dennis C. Turk
publisher: American Psychological Association (APA), published: 2005-09
sales rank: 44987
price: $12.09 (new), $8.51 (used)
If you suffer from chronic pain, this proven 10-step program brings hope and relief, showing you how gradual changes in specific behaviors can lead to great improvements in your ability to cope. Psychologists Turk and Winters’ recommendations are based on solid research that shows what works and on their success with thousands of patients. Unlike the authors of other pain books, they promise no miracle cures, but they do help you learn “not to let your body push you around” so life becomes enjoyable again. The key lessons in this book include Uncovering some of the myths about pain and the deceptive ways it fools your body into unconstructive behavior; Pacing your activity, so you build strength without overdoing or under-doing it; Learning how to induce deep relaxation so you can begin to enjoy life again; Dealing with disturbed sleep and chronic fatigue; Improving your relations with family and friends, and soliciting support; Changing your habitual behaviors in ways that reduce pain; Combating the negative thinking that often accompanies pain; Regaining your self-confidence and trust in yourself; The power of goal-setting and humor; Dealing with the inevitable relapses and setbacks once improvement has set in; Workbook exercises, behavior logs, and suggested readings help you integrate these lessons into your daily life and learn to live well despite pain.
Managing Chronic Pain: Strategies for Dealing With Back Pain, Headaches, Muscle & Joint Pain, Cancer Pain, Abdominal Pain
by: Siang-Yang Tan
publisher: Intervarsity Pr, published: 1996-08
sales rank: 553603
price: $29.01 (new), $0.01 (used)
What medical means exist to lessen physical pain? What psychological techniques will help? And what part does faith play? From years of study, Siang-Yang Tan gathers data and offers strategies for coping with pain that cannot be altogether eliminated. It offers strategies for dealing with back pain, headaches, dental pain, muscle and joint pain, stomachaches, intestinal distress, menstrual pain, and cancer pain.
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