Dealing with Chronic Pain

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Dealing with chronic pain can be very difficult and leaves sufferers, their friends and family and even health care providers frustrated and at times, simply unsure of what step to take next. When you are dealing with chronic pain, there are a number of steps you can take to care for yourself and those around you:

You Need People

We all do. We all need a community, or group of people who know us, support us, and to whom we can offer our friendship. Whether it’s a bowling league, church group, on even an online support group for people who share similar struggles, connecting with others can lift our spirits, distract us from pain and improve our quality of life.

Do Your Homework

While you might think it’s your health care provider’s job to keep up with research, he or she may treat people with dozens, or even hundreds of different health care issues. It is impossible for a practicing physician to stay on top of all of the research in a given field. However, you might be able to keep track of the latest in evidence-based research by reading journal articles, being involved in related associations, and attending workshops or conferences as you can.

Be Flexible

One of the hallmarks of living with chronic pain is that your treatment plan is going to be based on trial and error – in fact, maybe a lot of trial and error. You might need to try a number of different medications in a variety of combinations at a number of different doses before you find pain relief that is at least tolerable. You may also want to consider trying some other approaches to coping with your symptoms, from deep breathing exercises to meditation or other complementary treatments.

Take Care

When you have been dealing with chronic pain for any length of time, it can feel overwhelming and it can be easy to give up. While you may not be able to cure your disease or remove all pain from your life, there are things you can do to take care of yourself and improve your quality of life. Watch your diet – if you eat badly (all carbs, fats and sugars with few veggies or fruits), then you can expect to feel worse, sleep badly and have no energy. Exercise to the level of your ability – even if it only a walk to the mailbox and back or lifting soup cans for arm weights. You’ll be more energized and have greater muscle tone.

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