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Common myths about chronic pain
How much do you know about chronic pain? As with other health conditions, it’s important to be able to separate facts from fiction.
That will help to diagnose and treat your chronic pain. It’s certainly critical to deal with chronic pain, but it’s just as important to know certain issues.
Where is the pain originating from? What symptoms is it causing? Which treatments should you use?
These are all critical questions to ask, and their answers will help you to deal with the chronic pain in the most effective way.
What is chronic pain?
Before discussing various myths about the chronic pain, it’s important to know what chronic pain is. This is a condition that is quite common.
In fact, the United States alone there are about 100 million people who suffer from the condition. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months. It’s important to keep in mind this is only related to how long you experience the pain.
Another important issue is that the severity of the chronic pain can be wide-ranging. In fact, it could be mild or severe.
Chronic pain could just be a little uncomfortable or completely incapacitating.
In the case of chronic pain, the pain stays in the nervous system for several months or even years. Not only can this situation cause physical pain for a person, but also emotional issues.
What causes chronic pain?
There can be several causes of chronic pain. However, there are certain ones that are the most common.They include headaches, backaches, joint pain, and injury pain. However, these aren’t the only sources of chronic pain.
There are other types including sinus pain, tendinitis, and carpel tunnel syndrome. There’s also chronic pain that affects certain body parts. That includes the shoulder, neck, pelvis, nerves, and so on.
Chronic pain often starts with an initial injury/trauma/infection. Sometimes there’s a continuous cause of pain. There are many people who suffer chronic pain even though they didn't experience any past injuries or physical damage.
One effect of chronic pain is that the body sometimes produces more natural painkillers. That can result in negative feelings that boost the body’s substances that increase pain sensations. That can cause a cycle of pain that the person experiences.
This can even affect some of the body’s most important defenses such as the immune system.
What are common myths about chronic pain?
When treating chronic pain, it’s important to know the facts and myths related to this type of pain. This will make it easier to diagnose and treat people who are suffering from chronic pain.
On the other hand, issues such as misdiagnoses can cause problems such as people getting the wrong treatments, which is something you’ll want to avoid.
Here are some of the most common myths about chronic pain:
1. People exaggerate pain to get attention/sympathy
This isn’t to say that it’s not possible for people to exaggerate how much pain they’re experiencing for people to notice and feel sorry for them. However, the opposite is more common.
People with chronic pain often try to minimize the pain they’re experiencing. That will help them to seem “normal.” This causes people to often keep much of their pain to themselves.
They don’t want to bother other people, and one potential problem is that their long-term pain isn’t known by other people. That can worsen the situation as the chronic pain sufferers continue to live in pain as their condition is possible becoming worse.
2. Chronic pain can only be treated with medication
Prescription medication can, in fact, be very effective in treating chronic pain. However, the best treatment for such long-term pain is usually a combination of different therapies.
That can include medication as well as other treatments including physical therapy, exercise, massage, yoga, acupuncture, and other treatments.
In modern times medication has been the main method for treating chronic pain.
However, it’s interesting that many people are returning to holistic treatments of pain including yoga, massage, etc.
It should be noted that sometimes the cause of chronic pain is so severe that alternative treatments will likely have little effect.
3. Regular painkiller use results in addictions
There’s a myth that taking opioids regularly will always result in addiction to the medications. If you have to take the painkillers, it’s important to slowly reduce your use of the medicines and their possible side effects, such as hepatic and gastric lesions.
That will help to avoid symptoms of withdrawal.
However, there are few chronic pain patients who show addictions to painkillers. It’s important to consult your doctor about this issue because you’ll certainly want to avoid addiction to opioids. It is important to take the right steps to avoid that situation.
4. Family doctors should be able to treat chronic pain
You might be surprised that few doctors have training in pain management. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you should consider visiting a specialist in pain management.
This will make your situation better.
5. It’s all in your mind
Many people believe that simply changing their mindset can effectively deal with chronic pain. However, many experts believe that it’s better to take a holistic approach.
In other words, it’s critical to treat both the body and the mind. There are various physical and mental techniques that can deal different causes and symptoms that result from chronic pain.
6. Painkillers are the only effective medicines for pain
Opioids are a very effective way to treat pain. However, it’s important to keep in mind that they’re not always the best way to treat pain.
The reason is that there are various important factors, including who the patient is and the type of pain they’re experiencing.
There are other types of medications you could choose as alternatives. They include anti-depressants and anti-convulsants.
7. Chronic pain is constant pain
About 60% of people who experience chronic pain have frequent bursts of pain, and its severity is different each day. It’s important to pace yourself.
This will help you to get through future days. Chronic pain is about long-term pain, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll have strong pain during that the entire timeframe.
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