Whether it be from injury, surgery, an accident or something else, pain management is important for recovery. Pain management, as stated by Everyday Health, begins with an initial doctor’s appointment to discuss the cause of your pain and which pain management approach would be most effective. This could include medication, physical therapy, psychotherapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy, meditation, relaxation techniques, hot and cold therapy, manipulation and massage, and more. The Compassion and Support Organization has provided several useful tips to remember regarding pain management:
- Obtain as much information as you can about your pain, the causes of it, proper pain management strategies, and when you should return for a follow-up
- Know when to seek help in-between follow ups
- Practice exercise, yoga, support groups, massage, relaxation by deep breaths, imagery, distraction, and other holistic forms of pain-relief to help control your pain.
- If you act quickly when pain starts, you can often prevent the pain from worsening.
- Anxiety, fear, and depression can worsen your pain symptoms.
- Pain is not “all in your head” and it is not something that you simply have to live with.
- You have a right to a quick response from your provider when you report pain.
- You have a right to feeling as though your provider cares about you and believes in the pain you are experiencing.
- You have a right to information and answers to your questions regarding pain and pain relief.
These tips can be very helpful in easing your anxiety regarding pain management. Some pain management involves medication to help relieve pain symptoms and ease anxiety surrounding the pain. If you are taking medication, pay close attention to the correct dosage and frequency you should be taking it. According to the Hazelton Betty Ford Foundation, chronic pain and addiction go hand in hand. Researchers from the University of Tennessee found that having 1 physician administer all medications, reducing opioid use to a minimum effective dose, being aware of tolerance potential, wean periodically off the medication to assess pain control, and using non-psychotropic medications when possible are all effective pain medication strategies for people who may easily become addicted or are already addicted to something.
By staying aware of your pain management plan and assessing your body and mind’s reactions to it, you can discover what works best for you.
If you have an addiction or mental illness and need help with pain management, speak with someone from New Vista Behavioral Health today. We understand the weight of addiction and its impact on all involved – our licensed, experienced professionals will work with you from the very beginning. For a consultation, call us today at 855-398-7959.