June 11, 2019
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If you have been suffering with pain for any length of time, chances are you have tried numerous ways to alleviate your symptoms. Over-the-counter medications may provide temporary relief, but may not be the best course of long-term treatment. If pain is persistent for several days, you should be getting it checked out by a physician.
Your physician should be able to help you determine what would be the best choice of medication for you. While opiates are an irreplaceable part of interventional pain management, they are not the only card in the deck, and they aren’t a card you want to play unless necessary. If the main source of your pain is myalgia, or muscle pain, a muscle relaxant may be a more suitable choice for you. For neuropathic pain, your physician may feel a neuroleptic drug is best. When it comes down to these kinds of treatments, it’s best to take your doctor’s input. However, you should still always research your medicines before taking them. If you have taken a drug that did or didn’t help before, communicate that with your doctor. Making sure your physician has all the information possible is the best way to help them along the path of finding the right medicine for you.
Traditional oral medicine may not be the best way to treat your pain. Many chronic pain sufferers with chronic swelling or nerve damage may benefit from intrathecal steroid injections. Those dealing with chronic muscle pain may want to opt for something like intramuscular lidocaine, especially while they are pushing through physical therapy. At a certain point, it may even come a time for a nerve block. Pain injections, just like oral medicines, are not for everyone. Follow your physician’s lead on this one.
Natural Pain Relief Methods
Many years have yielded many naturopathic methods for treating pain. Some aren’t so great, but some are tried and true. Topical menthol gel can really help dull pain, as well as reduce inflammation. Ice works the same way, but can’t be used as long, and many people find topical menthol to be more tolerable than ice.
Heat is a great way to help deal with muscle pain. Muscle rubs are popular, with ingredients like camphor and methyl salicylate. They can be effective, but many find the aroma to be unpleasant and would rather just stick to a good old heating pad. A warm bath can also be effective in relaxing muscles, arguably more than a heating pad. Also, if the pain is complex it probably would benefits from rotations of cold and heat. For this, you would have to use ice rather than menthol gel, but it will yield a better outcome on a swollen, achy back.
Finally, what you put in your body matters, and that goes for more than just food. Inadequate sleep is sure to make pain worse, which will continue a cycle of inadequate sleep. Nip it in the bud and make sure you are making a conscious effort to go to sleep at a routine time. Excessive caffeine is also often a cause of muscle pain, as Americans often drink too much soda. This can cause dehydration and spasticity in the muscle. Limiting your caffeine intake to a 2-3 drinks a day and making sure you have around 100 ounces of water will make a big difference in your pain by keeping your muscles hydrated.
You can’t and shouldn’t do this all on your own, and you don’t have to. Send us a message, and let’s get started on seeing how we can deal with your pain.
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