Dealing With Your Chronic Pain: Options For You

When you are suffering from chronic pain, you may wonder if there are any treatments or options that can help you to overcome your pain and discomfort. While you may have tried over-the-counter pain killers or heat and ice treatments, they may not be helping you as much as you would like so that you can enjoy and engage in your daily life. Get to know some of the treatment options available to you for your chronic pain so that you can begin to feel better as soon as possible and get your chronic pain under control.

Monitored Use Of Prescription Pain Medications

Prescription pain medications, prescribed to your by your primary care physician, are one option for helping you to control and treat your chronic pain. However, because many prescription pain medications are opioids, they can be highly addictive and should be used with care.

As such, if you and your physician decide to try prescription pain medications for your chronic pain, you should do so under monitoring from your doctor. A few times a year, your doctor should check in with you about your medication use and look for signs of opioid abuse or addiction to ensure that you remain as healthy as possible while treating and managing your chronic pain.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is another treatment option that can help you deal with your chronic pain. While many people think of massages as a luxury spa treatment, they can be much more than that, especially when you have issues with chronic pain.

The idea behind massage therapy is to locate sources of tension in the muscles throughout the body and to apply pressure and manually manipulate the muscles to relieve that tension. You may feel relief from your chronic pain through direct pressure applied to those areas of the body or through the relaxation and general stress relief that massage therapy provides. 

Nerve Blocks

Another treatment option available to you at your primary care or other physician's office is what is known as a nerve block. This treatment is used when your medical team believes that a nerve or a group of nerves in your body are primarily responsible for your experience of pain.

The nerve block is an injection of a numbing agent or local anesthetic into those nerves so that they can no longer send pain signals. However, this is not a permanent solution and is usually paired with other treatments or with physical therapy and exercise to try to permanently overcome the chronic pain issues.

Now that you know a few of the options available to you to treat your chronic pain, you can give them a try and see if these treatments can help you to better manage and deal with your chronic pain issues.