5 Things You May Not Be Doing Right to Cope with Pain
Everyone with pain has a tough time dealing with their pain. Many people try to take short-cuts or fail to take the necessary steps to manage their pain. Here are five points to consider.
1. Failing to see an experienced pain management doctor. If you have acute pain or if you have chronic pain that has lasted for a while, seek a consultation with a pain management doctor. The doctor will take your history, suggest appropriate tests to determine the source of your pain, and answer you questions. The doctor will then explain your problem and review the various treatment options.
2. Ignoring the emotional side of pain. Be aware that pain and depression can go hand and hand. People with pain often get easily frustrated doing daily activities. They worry will the pain ever go away, how can they work with the pain, or can they take care of parents or children if they have pain. A key step in managing pain is being aware that you should talk to others about your pain so you fully understand what can be done about the pain. The more you can correct or manage your pain, the more you will be able to cope with the anxieties and fears that pain brings.
3. Not getting enough sleep. Many people with people have problems sleeping due to the physical and emotional parts of the pain. Lying on one’s back may be difficult. The stress of dealing with pain can make it hard to get to sleep. Sleep is crucial though to managing pain. Patients should try to sleep at normal hours instead of catching 15 minutes here and there. Pillows, beds, and the room environment including the temperature should be as conducive as possible to sleeping as long as possible.
4. Not getting exercise. Physical therapy may help make muscles stronger so that the pain is not as severe. Exercise during the day also helps patients sleep better at night. There are exercises that have minimal stress such as chair yoga that you can review with your pain management doctor.
5. Not following the doctor’s advice. Experienced pain doctors understand which treatments and medications work. They also understand that adjustments may be needed. Once you’ve reviewed your medical condition with your doctor, work through the recommended treatments. If the treatments are not helping, then make another appointment with your pain management physician.
If you are in pain, please do not hesitate to call Oxford Valley Pain and Spine for an appointment. We see patients who live or work in Bucks, Mercer, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and other nearby counties. Call 215.741.4410 for an appointment.