Treating and managing Pain

Treating pain is not always simple and the know-how can be missed by many since not all forms of pain are treated or managed the same way. Finding the best treatment for your type of pain can be a trying and grueling time but with perseverance, finding the right treatment and management plan is possible for everyone.

Discovering proper treatment should not be done alone though. Seeking professional medical help is a wise first step. Remember to be honest with your caregiver regarding habits that might be detrimental to your condition as not doing so will make it that much harder not only on the physician to offer an effective plan, but also for the person suffering from pain since progress will be hindered. It is also important to let him or her know how the patient has reacted to previous strategies. Obviously, pain triggers should also be notated and informed to the medical professional.

Pharmaceuticals as the only treatment does not usually work, in part because there must be a balance between side effects and efficiency of the medication. But, medications are obviously very important and play a big role. Skin patches to treat localized pain or are also often times used since they do have their own convenient qualities.

Different types of pain require different types of treatment

–       Neuropathic Pain.

  • Anticonvulsants: Popular anticonvulsants are guabapentin, phenytoin, carbamazepine and lamotrigine. Anticonvulsants are also very useful for the type of pain affecting the face during trigeminal neuralgia.
  • Antidepressants: A common antidepressant is Amitriptyline. There are some conditions that cause hypersensitivity to the skin where pain can be experienced with the slightest contact. This class of drugs are called tricyclic antidepressants and some of their side effects are cotton mouth, blurry vision and constipation.
  • Steroids

–       Musculoskeletal pain

  • Analgesic Pain killers. These include your everyday variety of analgesics like paracetamol, ibuprofen, morphine, aspirin and codeine to name a few. These types of medications are not effective against the neuropathic types of pains mentioned above.

Other forms of Treatment

– Physical Therapy: Physiotherapy is a popular form of treatment and is included in many pain management strategies for good reason. It is important to exercise and stretch in order to maintain healthy tissue and physiotherapy offers this type of strength rehabilitation training in spades.

– Occupational Therapy: Adjusting the type of space under which you labor or live in order to promote healthier living is recommended.

– Surgery: Generally a last resource when previous options are not working. Surgery can be effective in treating some types of pain but due to the invasive nature, it is avoided unless necessary.

– Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation by using electrodes.

Other ways to enhance a healing environment is through meditation and other relaxing practices like yoga and even hypnosis. Always check with your doctor to better understand the type of pain you are currently experiencing and how to effectively treat and manage pain.

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