Healthy Ways To Deal With Chronic Pain

Do you suffer from chronic, nagging, debilitating pain? It can take over your life and make everyday tasks unbearable and in some cases, unmanageable. Finding ways to cope with pain can come in different forms, depending on your realm of medical care as well as homeopathic care. Here are just a few examples of what you may be able to do to help fight the feelings of overwhelming pain that returns day after day.

Medical Marijuana

More and more, people are turning to natural, homeopathic methods in order to manage their pain easier. An alternative type of medicine is through medicinal marijuana. Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol, or (THC) which is known to block nerve receptors that can trigger chronic pain symptoms. 

Marijuana stands to be highly controversial and is illegal in most states unless medically approved by a doctor with a written prescription. Marijuana may be able to help you keep your pain under control and make the spikes of pain more manageable. While studies have been done in regards to marijuana as a pain medication, realize it’s not an FDA-approved drug, so you have to use at your own risk. 

Seek out private businesses that have cannabis oil for sale in your area, to find out more about this type of therapeutic pain relief. 

Physical Therapy

Whether you have pain at all times, or it comes and goes due to pressure or activity, finding ways to cope with pain can be hard. One way to work through the pain is through physical therapy or P.T. A professional doctor specializing in physical therapy can help hone in on areas where your pain is the most prevalent. 

A physical therapist works on improving your range of motion. Combining stretching along with repetitive strength building is something you can expect when you engage in P.T. As your core muscles gain strength and form, it will make it harder for nerves to flare up and trigger a pain episode. While it’s not intended to cure your pain, it can help you deal with your pain easier as you regain strength in the affected area.

Hot And Cold Therapy

Have you ever had an injury and your doctor recommends going home and applying a cold compress? This is because after the injury occurs swelling generally occurs right away. This can cause discomfort and make it uncomfortable, in addition to the pain from the shock of the injury. Over time, as the injury heals the deep-rooted pain may settle in. When pain is chronic and sharp, you may wish to apply heat to help reduce the stimulation of the nerves. This is a great way to help with throbbing pain that can be nagging and irritating—especially when you’re at rest. Using a hot water pack or heating pad is a great way to target specific areas while you’re lying or sitting still.

Conventional Treatments

One of the first things you should do after an initial injury is to seek prompt medical attention. Depending on the severity, you may have to go to the emergency room. Some telltale signs include:

  • *Bleeding from the injury that is uncontrollable.
  • *Visible break of a bone or exposure of muscle or tendon.
  • *Any type of severe injury to the head, chest or abdomen.
  • *Loss of consciousness.

If you have any of those symptoms, call for help and seek emergency care. After you’ve been evaluated and treated, your doctor will likely recommend conventional medicinal treatment for your injury and ongoing chronic pain. Conventional treatment is also referred to common modern medicine. There are many different types of doctors and specialists that deal with injuries and diseases that also contribute to chronic pain problems. Some suggestions that your doctor may include:

  • *Surgical intervention.
  • *Long-term physical therapy.
  • *Prescription treatment for pain.
  • *Injection steroid therapy.

There may be one specific treatment plan or a combination of several methods in order to help alleviate any long-term pain that you’re experiencing. In order to achieve the best results, you should see your doctor on an ongoing basis for frequent updates and to check and make sure that you’re responding to treatment. To avoid any complications such as addiction to prescription medication, follow all of your doctor’s instructions properly and carefully.

Dealing with chronic pain can be devastating, but remember that there is help available. Start with your medical doctor and ask for his recommendations and suggestions for the best treatment possible.