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Any pain that lasts for more than six months is termed as a chronic pain. It may be associated with various systemic illnesses or a bad posture. Pain management is not just restricted to the cause of the pain. It encompasses treating the individual’s psychological response to pain as well. It becomes essential for the caregivers to impart full knowledge about the pain and its management to the patient who is often confused and likely to balk at the long term therapy involved.
Apart from medicines, various exercises and relaxation techniques are also an integral part of the treatment. There are various mistakes that a patient of chronic pain may make during the course of his therapy. They include:
Trying to overcome the pain on your own
The sooner one realizes the nature of the pain and seeks expert advice, the better for him. Often we see patients underplaying their pain or trying to ignore it completely. Under rating the problem can aggravate the damage to the body besides causing depression in the longer run. Chronic pain can lead to hyperactivity of the neurons leading to their death. Also bearing pain for a long time numbs the reaction of the brain to medication, so that larger amount of medication is required to elicit the required response. Popping pain relieving pills easily available over the counter can also weaken the muscles and stiffen the joints over a time besides causing various deleterious effects on the body. Doctors recommend that the maximum time one should give for the pain to resolve on its own is four weeks. If the pain does not subside by then, it is better to seek medical advice.
Not understanding the nature of the pain
It is very important for the patient to actively participate in devising the regimen to alleviate the pain. It is impossible for the physician to understand the nature of your pain and your needs unless you are more forthcoming and communicative. Find out what activities trigger the pain, at what time is the pain worst, are there any specific factors that cause a flare up and are there any specific positions of rest which reduce the pain. Never be embarrassed to share your symptoms with your doctor and be an active member in exploring various treatment options available to you.