Often times people will find that their pain has become to great and will find it difficult to cope with pain management without the use of pain medication.
Pain is scientifically defined as an unpleasant, sensory and emotional experience that is associated with potential or actual tissue damage. While the feeling can sometimes be very uncomfortable and unpleasant, there are actually advantages that can be derived from feeling the pain. It can serve as a warning for a person to stop venturing into a thing or situation where more severe damage may occur.
In most types or cases of arthritis, the painful feeling can be divided into two general categories: acute and chronic. The difference between the two is while the acute pain is temporary, the chronic pain which can range from mild to severe lasts for an extended time.
Chronic pain can be very distressing, as it affects the lives of many sufferers from varying levels. It can affect these people in many ways:
• Physically – giving people feelings and sensations of discomfort
• Emotionally – this can give people feelings of hopeless and despondency
• Psychologically – giving people low self-esteem and inducing depression
• Socially – tends to make people lean towards isolation
• Occupationally – making normal tasks annoying and difficult to execute
Because of these factors, it becomes ideological to perfect pain management in order to preserve the quality of life. Numerous research studies about managing pain and their treatment, and while most of these methods are being consistently being improved upon, they can still help to relieve pain and can assist in helping a person feel normal again.
These drugs are taken in order to alleviate the painful feeling. The most commonly prescribed medications would be the analgesics (which are pain relievers and narcotic painkillers) and NSAIDS (or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). While medications may do little to change the current condition or situation, it can still bring feelings of comfort to sufferers.
Aside from relieving the painful sensation, exercise can help maintain functionality of the body. People who suffer from arthritis should be able to discuss exercise plans with their health care advisers or doctors. However, exercises should also be limited depending on the type or level of chronic conditions.
The painful feeling that most people get may sometimes be a signal for the body that it needs to rest. It’s important to always pay attention to these signals, your body may be trying to tell that it needs more time to recover and recharge itself.
However, while the rest phase helps to decrease inflammation, too much rest may cause the muscles to stiffen and weaken. It is therefore imperative that you balance rest and exercise as part of daily rituals. After the body has rested and recovered as much as it can some physical activity can help to circulate the blood, loosen and massage the muscles, and help to relieve the pain.
Hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy, can significantly decrease the stiffness that the body is feeling. Exercising in a spa, pool or hot tub may be most helpful, as water takes some weight off the body and other painful joints. Some may also find relief from the movement and heat that the warm water exercise provides.
Massage therapy is an essential part of natural pain management. It can hasten the pain relief, soothe sore and stiff muscles, and reduce swelling and inflammation. As the tension of the muscles is relaxed and the circulation is increased, the painful sensation many times becomes significantly more manageable.