General Pain Management Advice

Managing Pain: Some Cures Tips & Remedies

It’s unlikely that you will go through life without experiencing moderate to severe pain at some point. Pain is your body’s natural response, so while it is intensely unpleasant, it is also an essential function that keeps us alive.

There are a variety of different treatments for pain. Which one is best for you really depends on the body area that is affected, the side effects of the treatment, and other medical conditions that you might have. There are a lot of options available today, including natural treatments which are usually side-effect free.

What is The Pain Ladder?

The World Health Organization conceptualized the idea of a pain ladder. What this means is if your pain is not effectively managed at one rung of the ladder, then you are advised to take the next step up in treatment. There are three steps in this ladder analogy:

  1. Aspirin (paracetamol)
  2. Codeine (mild opioids)
  3. Morphine (strong opioids)

What Are NSAIDs?

The term NSAID refers to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Common examples include ibuprofen and naproxen. These drugs typically reduce pain and inflammation and are most effective for treating:

  • Common muscle and joint pains
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual pains
  • Pain associated with kidney stones
  • Typical headaches
  • Pain in the bones associated with cancer
  • They can also assist with alleviating the painful symptoms of the flu and colds

Nerve Pain

Neuralgia is the medical term for nerve pain. Neuralgia can occur after a nerve is cut, for instance when an amputation has occurred. When nerve endings are affected by inflammation, such as shingles. When nerves are aggravated by medical conditions like diabetes. Or sometimes for no apparent reason, for instance in cases of Trigeminal Neuralgia.

There are two different types of medicines that are especially potent for the treatment of nerve pain:

  1. Anti-epilepsy drugs: pregabalin and gabapentin work on the nervous system and can have a positive effect on nerve pain.
  2. Amitriptyline: typically used as a response to depression, it also is effective for treating nerve pain.

What Are The Risks And Rewards Taking These Medications?

Taking aspirin can aggravate the stomach lining possibly causing stomach ulcers and bleeding. This typically occurs when people use aspirin for extended periods of time, not just taking them when you experience episodic headaches or lower back pain.

Paracetamol has scant evidence of negative side effects at lower dosages, but it can become toxic to the liver in high/overdose instances.

Everyone is aware of the addiction and abuse potential of opioid medications, but they can be tremendously effective for managing chronic pain, but are best used on a temporary basis until a longer-term solution can be determined.

NSAIDs have some similar side effects to aspirin- which includes inflammation of the stomach lining, potential stomach ulcers and in rare cases they can induce kidney failure and asthma.

The anti-epilepsy drugs we mentioned typically have the side effects of inducing drowsiness.

Pain management clinics

These medical establishments are pretty common across America. They typically house staff that have a diverse range of experience treating chronic pain issues. It’s typically advisable to consult with a pain management clinic if you are experiencing chronic pain for longer than three months.

If you are experiencing this type of persistent pain and general remedies have not shown you any benefit, it may be worth consulting with one of these pain management practices.

Make sure you do your research before you go to the clinic- it’s important to know what they specialize in, whether your insurance provider will pay you for the consultation, and be sure to read reviews online to determine the general reputation of the practice.

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