If you are suffering from chronic pain, then you will know that it can have an immensely disruptive influence on your day-to-day life, cause you further health problems, and put you into a downward spiral of morale.
However, while there is no doubting the difficulty of overcoming chronic pain, it can be achieved. What’s more, if you are still in the process of recovery, there are many techniques you can use to make the pain manageable. This is key if you want to avoid disrupting your existing lifestyle and avoid giving yourself a mountain to climb when you do overcome the condition.
This is what you need to know about chronic pain and how to overcome it:
What is chronic pain?
Firstly, it is important to understand what chronic pain actually is.
There are many different chronic conditions, and there is a similarly long list of factors that cause them.
The basic definition of chronic pain is a pain that lasts longer than three months and is persistent within your daily life. Chronic pain commonly originates from a broader health condition – such as cancer or arthritis.
While this pain can stem from physical issues (perhaps you have suffered an accident or sporting injury, for example), your condition could also be worsened by an unhealthy lifestyle, emotional distress, loneliness, or a poor diet.
While there are numerous examples of chronic pain treatment, it is not an easy condition to shift.
What are common chronic pain conditions?
There are countless different examples of chronic pain, but common conditions include back pain, testicular pain, problems with your wrists, muscle problems, and joint pain (often diagnosed as arthritis).
How can you treat it?
As with any problem, chronic pain is easiest treated once you can pinpoint the root cause of it. This will influence the type of treatment that you require, the sort of medication you may need, and other necessary lifestyle changes.
For example, if your chronic pain stems from a back injury sustained in sport, then you will likely need different treatment than someone whose pain originates from emotional distress.
This treatment could range from surgery or stem cell therapy to antidepressant medication.
Ways to live with chronic pain
Of course, there comes a time when you will need to accept chronic pain as part of your current daily life. This does not mean that you should give up hope of treatment, only that you should aim to minimize any pain or disruption as much as possible.
Again, depending on the severity of your condition, there are a range of actions you can take to alleviate your pain.
While this may seem superfluous, your mental well-being can have a huge effect on your physical health. Therefore, meditating can take your mind off of your condition, relax your body, and re-establish a sense of order within your psyche.
Lead a healthy lifestyle
You can easily make a bad situation worse by leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Remaining as active as possible (without making the condition worse) is key to minimizing your suffering.
Keeping the blood flowing around your body, your muscles fit, and your cardiovascular health strong will help you to manage chronic pain.
You can do this by taking a daily walk, working out, eating healthily, and reducing your alcohol intake.