Some kind of pain signals keep firing in your nervous system for weeks, months, even years, pulling away your body and mind from concentrating anything. There may have been an initial mishap sometime in the past that marked the beginning of this pain—some sprained back or a serious infection. If you are careless it may impede all the activities of your life.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is different from acute pain. Acute pain turns into chronic pain in course of time. A popular definition of chronic pain, involving no arbitrarily fixed durations, is pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing. Some researchers fix the duration of transition of acute pain into chronic pain as 3 to 6 months. People with chronic pain conditions struggle to carry out their normal duties and sometimes they are even unable to describe their pain to their doctors accurately. Sometimes the pain may be simultaneously located in multiple areas. It is still more debilitating, all-consuming and even frustrating when you have taken every test and tried every medicine and still you have the pain.
Where is the pain?
You may wonder where the pain does exist. Is it in the part of the body or is it in your head? When you treat in one place it seems to move to another. One review on chronic pain says that it should be treated from all fronts. It states that comprehensive programs that address biological, psychological and social aspects of pain can be effective at improving the quality of life. Though medications help to relieve the pain, it is better to manage the pain to a certain level.
Five strategies to manage your chronic pain
1) Leave your thought that a pill will kill your pain
Many people believe that a pill will kill their pain and when it doesn’t work they are all the more aggravated of their pain. Pills have their own side effects. Be aware of the negative results of taking pills for pain and try to follow some natural methods. When you are aware of facts, it becomes easier for you to bear with the pain.
2) Move yourself everyday
Regular physical activities help strengthen the muscles, reduce yours tress and improve your sleep, all these helping you control pain. Science Daily reports that there cannot be a better medicine for reducing pain than doing regular physical exercise, saying, “People who exercise regularly experience 25% less muscle and joint pain in their old age than people who are less active.” Every bit of exercise by moving the body helps in controlling pain. Research at Johns Hopkins University reveals that daily exercises, even short bursts of activity such as walking and gardening helped people with fibromyalgia feel better. The purpose of doing exercise is to eliminate your pain and, where possible, to restore you to normal function. Your physician can suggest you better exercises that help you.
3) Relax to relieve pain
Relaxation techniques can reduce your pain. There are a number of relation techniques that can relieve you from pain. Relaxation with cold packs, heating pads, massage, and exercise can help to relieve pain. Soft music or soothing television programs may distract you from the pain. If you are taking medicines these relaxation techniques may help you in great way.
4) Keep away stress and depression
By following some techniques to keep away stress and depression you can manage pain with reduced intensity. Research shows that mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques can reduce chronic pain and depression.
5) Meditation and deep breathing
Meditation with deep breathing will fill you with fresh energy and help you manage pain. Yoga can give a great relief from chronic pain. They keep you away from your negative attitudes that generally intensify chronic pain. Mindfulness on some positive thoughts will make you look at pain positively and experience it with less intensity.