Pain is more than just something you want to get rid of. It’s a complex experience that comes in many varieties, and it can affect your thoughts, emotions, and behavior. For this reason, it’s important that people in pain receive support from others both close to them and through the community at large. Pain management is about improving your well-being and working together with your health care team to reduce your pain.

Pain relief is critical in preventing or managing a variety of conditions, from injured joints to sports injuries and spinal injuries. If you suffer from chronic back pain or migraines, managing your symptoms effectively can be key to avoiding additional long-term problems. Pain relief is vital whether you’re dealing with headaches or sprains. Finding ways to deal with debilitating pain without addictive medicines or alcohol is an important step towards wellbeing.

Pain management

Effective pain management involves identifying and avoiding triggers that cause pain, developing a response to those triggers, and getting rid of negative thoughts and emotions that may fuel the next negative experience.

Managing pain is important for many reasons, not the least of which is self-care. When we’re in pain we tend to isolate ourselves from others. Instead of facing our problems honestly, we seek solve them through either self-destructive behavior or rationalizations. Pain management can help you become more productive, have better relationships with others, and prevent future problems.

Pain can be managed through a variety of techniques including:

  • Medicine
    • Tylenol, Motrin, Excedrin are common over-the-counter pain meds. Long-term use of over-the-counter meds and cause stomach upset and liver damage.
    • CBD recent studies show that CBD can help reduce long-term pain associated with migraines.
    • If your doctor prescribes medicine, ask TONS of questions.
      • How long should I take the medicine?
      • What are emergency symptoms that I have taken too much medicine?
      • Can I go to work or drive a vehicle while taking the medicine?
      • Will the pain medicine interact with other medicines or vitamins I am taking?
      • How many weeks or days will I need to take the medicine?
      • What should I do if the meds do not relieve my pain?
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches you skills to change the way your mind influences your body and how you think about pain. The goal of therapy is to permanently change the way your body responds to pain and stress.
  • Physical Therapy
    • Physical therapy involves manipulating the muscles to relieve pain. For examples, neck pain might be caused by poor posture or muscle misalignment. Once the poor posture or muscle alignment is fixed, the neck pain should go away.

Identify what causes your pain

Pain can come from many sources. Some days are just rough, and it’s easy to feel discouraged. Pain can also be caused by things out of your control. If you tend to get migraines when stressed out and working from home, working in an office may be a better fit for you.

Going to work while in pain

If you must go to work while in pain, there are a few things you can do to manage the pain and still do your job well. First, know when it’s time to take a break. Taking a slow and considerate approach to your doctor’s appointment can help you avoid the use of too many pain medications which can worsen your condition. Even taking acetaminophen throughout the day when you feel a little ache or aches can help ease the pain in your joints.

  1. Know when it is time to take a break
    • Many painful injuries are caused by muscle overuse or working while tired
  2. Use proper equipment
    • Using the proper equipment that fits your body type and size is extremely important.
  3. Check your posture
    • Poor posture can cause headaches, backaches, and eyestrain
  4. Change position often
  5. Stretch before working
    • This is especially important for labor intensive jobs like construction
  6. Get plenty of rest
    • We tend to hurt ourselves when we are tired and do not react quickly or pay attention to directions

Unfortunately, pain is not easy to get rid of. However, there are things you can do to manage your symptoms and reduce the frequency and intensity of your pain. Management of pain often requires a combination of prescription medication, physical therapy, relaxation techniques and ongoing support from a knowledgeable healthcare professional. Over time these methods have been proven to reduce pain for most people including chronic pain patients.