Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Treating chronic pain can be challenging. Often the reason for the pain is not clear. And it may take several types or combinations of treatments before you find relief. When treatment is started, some people may have increased pain because their chronic pain has caused them to be inactive and they have lost strength and flexibility. But over time treatment should reduce the pain and increase your ability to function. You may learn new ways of doing ordinary tasks to reduce pain. Often chronic pain cannot be cured, but it can be managed well enough to significantly improve the quality of your life.
Be sure to seek treatment if your pain lasts longer than 2 to 3 months. Early treatment may prevent the pain from getting worse.
Some chronic pain is caused by specific conditions that can be treated. For example, there are treatments for headaches, arthritis, neck pain, low back pain, or depression.

Initial treatment

The goals of treatment are to reduce chronic pain and increase your ability to function. This includes improving your sleep and coping skills and reducing stress so you can return to your regular activities. Initial treatment depends on what kind of pain you have and how severe it is, as well as whether your pain is related to an illness, injury, or an unknown cause. Often, the best approach is a combination of therapies.
You may be able to control your pain at home by:
  • Making exercise (such as walking or swimming) a routine part of your life.
  • Eating a balanced diet. This includes getting enough vitamins such as vitamin B and vitamin D. Talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian about a healthy diet for you. For more information on a balanced diet, see the topic Healthy Eating.
  • Getting enough sleep.
  • Using pain relievers—such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, for example) or aspirin. Always take these medicines exactly as prescribed or according to the label. Do not take a nonprescription NSAID for longer than 10 days without talking to your doctor.
  • Using complementary therapies, such as acupuncture or meditation.
A licensed mental health counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist can help with your emotional well-being while you are dealing with chronic pain. It is common to respond to chronic pain with feelings of frustration, depression, anxiety, fear, and even anger. These feelings can make it tough to conquer chronic pain, especially if you use alcohol or drugs to manage your symptoms. Pain affects both your physical and emotional well-being. Untreated depression or anxiety can make your pain worse. A counselor may use treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you cope with your pain.

Ongoing treatment

It is important to build a clear treatment plan for chronic pain with your doctor. Part of this plan includes identifying ways for you to manage your pain. Only you know the severity of your pain and how it affects your life. Be sure to ask your doctor if you are not clear about what steps you can take when pain occurs or gets worse.
Medicines or a combination of medicines and other therapies may be used to relieve pain, inflammation, depression, and sleeping problems that are linked to chronic pain. For more information on the medicines most often used to treat chronic pain, see Medications.
If you continue to experience chronic pain, you may be:
  • Referred to one or more doctors who specialize in rehabilitation and pain management (such as an anesthesiologist, a neurologist, or a physiatrist).
  • Offered electrical stimulation therapies (such as TENS), which seem to decrease the feeling of pain for some people.
  • Given injection therapy (such as corticosteroids), which can sometimes reduce nerve pain or pain and inflammation.
For some people, complementary therapies can help reduce chronic pain. For more information on complementary therapies used to treat chronic pain, see Other Treatment.
The best approach is usually a combination of treatments. If one treatment has stopped working, another treatment or combination of treatments may help reduce your pain. Try to stay ahead of the pain: don't wait until your pain is severe to begin treatment.

Treatment if the condition gets worse

If your chronic pain is not relieved after you have tried numerous treatments, you may want to think about going to a pain management clinic. Treatment is provided by a team of doctors who work together to address all the factors that may cause your chronic pain.
Treatments that are commonly used for prolonged chronic pain include:
  • Physical therapy, which may include using hot and cold therapy to relieve painful areas of the body, and exercises to maintain strength, flexibility, and mobility.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which uses a wire in a skin patch to apply brief pulses of electricity to nerve endings in the skin to relieve pain.
  • Professional counseling, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Stress and depression may contribute to or occur as a result of chronic pain. It is important to be healthy emotionally as well as physically to recover from chronic pain.
You may also wish to consider surgical options for relieving chronic pain. For more information on the types of surgery used to treat chronic pain, see Surgery.

What To Think About

Your chronic pain may improve more if you have a combination of treatments at the same time.
It is important to find a doctor with whom you feel comfortable, and to keep in regular contact with this doctor. If your doctor is unable to provide effective treatment to reduce your pain, ask about a referral to a pain management clinic. There, a team of doctors can help you set realistic expectations and identify treatment choices.



Rachel said...

White Flower Oil (http://embrocation.50webs.com) was introduced to me by my mother. During one of my headaches, she gave me this tiny bottle of oil and told me to massage it on my temples and forehead. Amazingly, it worked! Somehow the oil penetrates into the affected area and relieves the pain.

skeet65 said...

Thank You soo much Rachel for your comment and I am gonna have to get some of that and try it the next time I get me a headache:))
I appreciate any comments from you guys and as a matter of fact, are missing them, from a lot of people..hehe,but I wonder if there was any problem that you encountered Rachel, while you were trying to post a comment?
I know others will eventually give some comments for the site.
Rachel,do you have any more of these little bits of information like the use of the White Flower Oil? I would love to know more, if you have any to share.It could help a lot of folks to RID those headaches or aches/pains that we have ALL have..."NATURALLY". May God Bless you and..."come back to see me again, sometime"...Karen:)<3

Rachel said...

ooo... Karen, it is so nice for you to reply me with so much details.

Usually, I would wet my finger tips with a few drops of White Flower Oil and start massaging. I love pressing the place next to eye bows and another on the back of neck ( It is simular to "decision making" massage and "tolerance" in https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PL2abeqWmTU/TXmcBO5tjrI/AAAAAAAAAIA/uaC4gfdJeI0/s1600/massage.jpg and http://embrocation.50webs.com/massage.htm)

It is more relaxing and can sooth headache better if you sister or friends can do it for you! :D

skeet65 said...

Hey Rachel, I am trying to work it out, to where I can post some good herbal and essential oil treatments and remedies.I am gathering them as we speak.:)) Have u ever tried an IONIC FOOT BATH???
well, I am trying to find benefits for ALL of us. Maybe even some good recipes,for the kitchen that we ALL can go by to help us learn NATURAL treatments, to get to feeling better in every area.
I will keep posting a little of everything that I find...that is good 4 us of course.
I am sorry, if there are any time that laps between my post lately, but working on that. I seem to be getting better, but it is a process, to learn to convert over from living with all the products and fattening foods that we have. We think of them as luxeries of life, but really they are hurting us. We need to see, we need the natural things in life.Really, we haven't experienced ALL that life has to offer.:)) Thanks 4 the info..more is always appreciated.