Is it possible to be your own back pain management specialist? All of us you have suffered from a herniated disc, sciatica pain and chronic back pain know how much the pain can take over your life. We search for ways to relieve the pain or at least calm it down so we can live our life to the fullest. I am sure you have gone through many a bottle of pain killer over the counter and prescription. You have probably seen several doctors had MRI, physical therapy and even surgery and still the pain persist. I recently talk to a person whose brother has had four back surgeries. That is right four! Is he pain free? No, in fact he is worse off than before he had the first operation. He certainly is in need of pain management.Pain is very subjective and in many cases difficult to treat. Many times patient suffering from non-specific pain is often dismissed by their doctors. These physicians have been trained to look for organic causes. So what is a person to do? Well the short answer is they need to become their own pain management specialist.I strongly believe that the days of totally relying on a health care specialist to cure all our ills and pain are over. Health care is expensive, whether it’s a private or government program. Today with the internet it’s possible to find information on every possible medical subject. Now I am not endorsing become your own doctor. What I am saying is that we can have the best of both worlds: the care of a competent doctor and our own health advocate or coach. Our wellness or health is in our hands and we must be responsible for managing our health and that also includes pain management.So what can we do to become our own pain management specialist? Let us look at pain management tools that we can use to lessen and eliminate pain. These methods are non-evasive. No self diagnosis or do it your elf surgery here.1. Exercise-There are many exercise programs available. Some are as simple as swimming, yoga, Qigong and walking. Exercising as be proven to be a very pain management method. Just be sure to start slow and gradually increase the duration and intensity. As your own pain management coach learn to really listen to your body.2. Manipulation: Massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, osteopathy, acupuncture are all types of manipulation designed to relieve stress and pressure on your body. There is a lot of evidence support touch whether it is done be a professional or a friend as being very effective in managing pain.3. Hypnosis: A trained hypnotist can help you ease you pain and know you will not start barking like a dog when you see a cat. Biofeedback and other coping methods are also very effective in reducing or eliminating pain.4. Stimulation: By stimulation I mean using hot and or cold packs and electrical stimulation. The hot and cold packs are self explanatory. By electrical stimulation I mean using a small battery charged device that sends a current to electrodes attached to your body. I use one of these devices regularly and find them to be very useful.These are just some of the many non-evasive methods and techniques you can use to become your own pain management specialist. Some of these methods involve a health care provider, but some you can do on your own. The point I am making here is that it is up to you to take control of your wellness program. Only you know how you really feel. After consulting with your doctor and identifying the reason and source of your pain you need to be assertive in your own health. You can learn to manage, lessen and even eliminate your pain and return to a normal pain free life.
Pain is a symptom caused by physical, emotional, or psychological hurt or disorder. At some point in time you must have experienced pain and no you know that no one is exempted from suffering ailments. You are a human being and everyone you know the last time you checked and thus all are physically vulnerable to pain. Since this is the case, then you must learn how to manage pain so you can alleviate the symptom into a bearable predicament for a hurting individual or patient. This is what pain management is all about and you need not be a medical personnel to be able to manage pain for someone. Although some argue that dealing with pain is limited only to the physical aspect, you should remember that helping someone can also improve their emotional and psychological morale when they know someone is caring for them.Caring is part of human nature and so we will invest in your natural inclination to nurture another person in doing pain management so that you will have the confidence to help someone minimize his physical hurt. You must keep this in mind when you are doing pain management so that your patient will know that you are trying to help them in any way and they will do their part also. You must have the mind set that your patient can become rude, irritable, and repulsive of your support but you must understand that they are only by products of their pain and they are not personal in nature. Taking care of pain also involves a lot of emotional and psychological efforts so you better be prepared for your challenging role as the provider of pain management.There are many kinds of pains one person can have and so many procedures have been drafted for different treatments for pain. Remember that you cannot actually remove the source of physical pain but can only relieve it in pain management. You are addressing the symptoms and not the actual source of pain. There are many methods for general pain management and it will be discussed briefly below. As a general first rule, any pain being felt by your patient should be consulted with his physician or doctor so that you know the cause of his discomfort and you can help the patient more effectively.Analgesics or medicine made to aid in relieving pain come in many forms but caveat medication should be observed. Medicine designed to relieve pain should be given in a pain ladder, as recommended by WHO (World Health Organization). Pain ladder is used as a general principle in giving out medication to any type of pain – it describes the level of pain and what type of medicine is appropriate for the condition. Mild pain should be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen. Mild to moderate pain requires paracetamol with a combination with hydrocodone proves to be far more effective. Moderate to severe pain is usually treated with stronger drugs like morphine and similar medications with caution due to their addictive side effects. Physical approach in easing pain includes acupuncture, TENS (trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and physiatry. Most of these methods employ physical rehabilitation and medication. Psychological approach relies on psychological techniques like cognitive and behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and hypnosis to lessen pain by psychological intervention.There are different pain management for everyone and you can choose the method that will likely give the most alleviation to your case. The patience and sincerity of giving remedies for pain is also important so positivity can help you aid in giving relief and comfort to the patient.