When you experience pain, whether it’s in the form of sore muscles from over-exertion while working out, you have arthritis, you’re going through cancer treatments, or it’s just an old injury acting up, it can make you feel miserable.
You’re going to be looking for ways to manage that pain so you can go about your life as comfortably as you can.
However, before you choose any old pain relief treatment, you first want to consult your doctor before you start looking into pain management options, especially if the pain is more than just sore muscles.
Chronic pain comes in many forms. It can be the result of arthritis, fibromyalgia, an old injury that is acting up, or you’re going through cancer treatments. Do you know what your options are?
The most common form of pain relief treatment is going to be a medication. Many of the medications that are prescribed, like opioids and benzodiazepines, come with some serious problems, namely with addiction.
The types of medication prescribed include:
According to the ACPA (American Chronic Pain Association), there are alternative therapies that can reduce the need for medicine and surgeries. Some of these therapies include cognitive, behavioral, and physical. The idea behind these types of therapies is to let you, the person in pain, take a proactive role in managing your pain.
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., believes that pain can be seen as the oil light on your car. When you feel pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong that needs your attention. “Just as the oil light will go out when you put oil in your car, the pain will often go away when you give your body what it needs.”
Other than over the counter medications that you take orally, you can find topical pain relief options. With these treatment options, be it a spray, cream, gel, or even a patch, you are applying a medication directly to the body part that is in pain.
For example, if you are looking for a swelling treatment for your feet, you can try a spray. If you need a skin irritation treatment to treat poison ivy or a bug bite, you may do well with cream. If you’re in need of joint pain relief, you could use a patch because it slowly releases its medicine, thus prolonging the pain relief effects.
TENS uses electrical stimulation to reduce the pain you may feel. While you are going through the procedure, a low-voltage electrical current is sent through electrodes that are placed over the source of your pain. The electricity from those electrodes stimulate the nerves and sends signals to your brain that will “scramble” the normal pain signals.
Don’t be afraid of this pain relief treatment—it isn’t painful at all. This particular option is recommended for those who have diabetic neuropathy, but not lower back pain.
With these therapies, treatment is designed to help your mind’s ability to affect your body’s functions and the symptoms it feels. These therapies include relaxation techniques, meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis, and biofeedback.
With these practices, people find that these methods can also reduce stress and help you feel more centered. Some people will keep a journal of their pain so they can pinpoint the causes of their pain and the corrective actions they took to relieve that pain.
Pain is something that no one should have to endure, especially when there are countless pain relief treatment options available. Whether you are experiencing chronic pain and need strong medication, or you have swollen ankles due to pregnancy, and a topical pain relief is enough, when you have treatment options available to you, you can go back to living a normal life where your pain is managed, or completely gone.
Sometimes it may take a little while to find which treatment is going to work the best for you, but with the help of research and consulting your doctor, you can be on your way to finding that sweet relief.