What Things Can Make Pain Worse?

Last Revised on November 11, 2010

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Pain in considered of the essential vital signs; that’s why whenever you got to a hospital or doctor’s clinic the nurses ask you if you have any pain. Pain is considered subjective by many even though the signs and symptoms of it can be easily observed through bodily posture and facial gesture. What things can you do to protect yourself from pain killer addictions? One of the most important ways is to know what relieves it and what makes it worse so you can take medications on limited dose.

Things that can make pain worse:

Not getting help from the beginning. Many people try to toughen themselves up by not seeking pain remedies. If that continues on, what actually happens is that the pain keeps from muscles and skeletal bones from being active.  This not only weakens them but also shrinks to an extent where you become an easy injury prone. Chronic pain can lead to depression and impact our brain cognitive functions. Not seeing a doctor can be costly; you don’t have to seem him or her every day just once a week or month to help relieve your pain or prevent exacerbation.

Drinking alcohol. We all know alcohol is not healthy; it can destroy our organs such as liver and block nerve impulse transmission from brain about pain. Alcohol is contraindicated with almost all the medications, specially the pain killers and alcohol can’t be mixed together. Combing alcohol with anticonvulsant drugs can lead to seizures, with opioids at risk for memory problems and drowsiness, with NSAIDS such as aspirin at risk for liver damage, and with antidepressants at risk for hopelessness and suicidal thoughts.

Doctor hopping. In this era of medical health care system where we have specialists for almost every single health problems, it could be tempting to jump from one doctor to another. But some experts seem to suggest that it can be both waste of time as well as money. This is because those specialists aren’t focused on you as a whole, these doctors will only look at the single issue of yours that they are dealing with. Instead you should get a primary care physician who has a good sense of your pain and can outline a reasonable treatment strategy. American Academy of Pain Management is an helpful resource; otherwise, you can also look for doctors who specialize with the source of your pain, for example, rheumatologist or cancer.

Being non compliant with regimen. There are many reasons why some patients don’t follow the exact treatment regiment they doctors prescribe. It could that the pain medications are very expensive,  they aren’t helping right away, or the patient doesn’t doubt the doctor’s intention. If any of these are the reason for not taking opioids or analgesics consistently, you should let your know know of find a new one. Never quit your pain medication cold turkey as it can result in pain becoming worse.

Going after surgery right away. You might ask for surgery to treat unbearable pain immediately, but do you know for sure that the pain will never occur after that? Instead try thinking rehabilitation program such as seeing physical therapists, doing exercise and diligently following doctor’s prescribed medications.

Scared of narcotics. There are people who are afraid of getting addicted to pain killers so they avoid them. The truth is that people who are in pain are less likely to become addicted to it. The benefits of taking the pain meds on a timely manner can result in successful recovery and healthy active life. If you feel drugged in the beginning even when the doctor gives you very low dose, you don’t have to worry too much as these sensations go away as the medications and pain wear off.

Trying to avoid discussion about pain and depression. Discussing your pain and depression can be one of the most healthy things you can do along with taking medications and doing exercises. Both pain and depression affects each other. There is cognitive behavior therapy that can also help as it teaches you how to cope with the stresses of chronic pain. The way we think and our emotions have huge impact on how we perceive our pain.

Other tips to relieve your pain include avoid smoking, do your own research, and try natural remedies.

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