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10 Tips to Deal with Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain Causes, Diagnoses, and Treatments
Do you struggle with chronic pain? If yes, you could benefit from DCcure, a non-invasive, natural solution developed by Aerotel Ltd. Read on to learn more about chronic pain and its causes and how you can get lasting relief with treatments like DCcure.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
If you have had pain for more than three months, it qualifies to be chronic pain, which is among the most common reasons people seek medical care. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, over 1.5 billion people across the globe have chronic pain, and about 100 million of them are Americans.
Besides physical discomfort, chronic pain can also have emotional effects. It can feel devastating and emotionally overwhelming, and a person with chronic pain may eventually develop stress or depression.
Chronic pain may include headaches, arthritis, lower back, and post-trauma pain. Other types include neurogenic pain that results from nerve damage and psychogenic pain that results from injury or disease.
Chronic pain is often a result of an initial injury. Studies suggest that chronic pain may develop after nerve damage, which intensifies and prolongs the pain. In certain circumstances, you may have chronic pain without an initial injury.
While there’s no known cause of chronic pain without an injury, it could sometimes be a manifestation of an underlying health condition, such as:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS): Various medical conditions that cause painful, chronic inflammation in the digestive tract
- Chronic fatigue syndrome: Symptoms include extreme, unremitting weariness usually accompanied by pain
- Fibromyalgia: Widespread pain in the muscles and bones
- Endometriosis: A painful condition caused by the uterine lining growing outside the uterus
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ): a condition that leads to painful popping, clicking, or locking of the jaw
- Interstitial cystitis: a chronic disorder manifested by bladder pressure and discomfort
How to Treat Chronic Pain Painlessly
When you visit a hospital with chronic pain, your healthcare provider will first diagnose and treat the cause. When they can’t find the source, they often resort to managing the pain. Healthcare providers usually treat chronic pain depending on various factors, including:
- The kind of pain you’re experiencing
- The cause of the pain, if known
- Your age
- Overall health
Your medical provider may recommend various medications to relieve your chronic pain, including:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Opioid pain relievers, such as codeine and morphine.
- Adjuvant analgesics, such as anticonvulsants and antidepressants
However, these conventional treatments for chronic pain usually offer only short-term relief and may have devastating side effects, including:
- Opioid overdose or addiction
- Acute liver failure
- Spinal cord infection from spinal cord stimulators
- Mood changes and respiratory complications from nerve pain medications
Healthcare professionals usually offer the following ten tips for dealing with chronic pain:
1. Deep Breathing and Meditation
Deep breathing and meditation exercises are great at promoting body relaxation, which may relieve pain. The most effective meditation technique for chronic pain entails focusing on your breath, ignoring negative thoughts, and repeating a mantra.
This technique causes your body to relax. You can learn it on your own, but it’s advisable to take meditation classes. Identify a quiet location devoid of distractions, find a comfortable posture, and block out distracting thoughts.
Next, imagine a spot immediately below your navel and breathe into it, filling your belly with air. Allow the air to fill your body from the abdomen up before letting it out like you’re deflating a balloon.
2. Exercise Therapy
If you are struggling with musculoskeletal pain, you should try exercise therapy. Health experts at Harvard University say that limiting your movements can lead to muscle weakness, putting more pressure on your joints. It may also affect your posture.
If left unchecked, these effects can escalate to more severe complications. Regular exercise provides lasting relief for shoulders, knees, ankles, hips, and other locations of chronic pain and may even help you avoid surgery by developing supportive muscles and improving flexibility.
Getting adequate sleep is essential for your overall health. Sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, which could worsen your chronic pain. Getting quality sleep also helps with stress management.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) devices deliver electrical currents through replaceable pads to the painful area to temporarily distract or disrupt pain signals. TENS devices use pads, gels and electrodes that need to be constantly replaced. They are sold like printers and ink and razors and blades and costs for supplies can mount up.
Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (PEMF) devices do not use costly consumables that need to be constantly replaced and as such, have a relatively low total cost of ownership.
5. Engage in Distracting Activities
Focusing on your pain only worsens the situation. Find an activity you enjoy doing to keep yourself busy and distract you from the pain. While this may not relieve your pain, it gives you more control and helps make your life better.
6. Eat a Healthy Diet
A well-balanced diet is essential for managing chronic pain. It promotes healthy digestion, minimizes the risk for heart disease, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and regulates blood sugar. All of these will help prevent your chronic pain from escalating to more severe health complications.
7. Keep a Pain Journal
Keeping track of when the pain is more intense, possible triggers of the intensifying pain, and any thoughts you have at the time can help you have control over your pain management. Reading over your journal can help you identify patterns so you can avoid situations that seem to worsen your pain.
8. Minimize Alcohol and Smoking
Alcohol can worsen sleep problems that result from chronic pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, reducing your alcohol intake or quitting altogether can improve your quality of life. If you smoke, consider stopping as smoking can worsen circulation problems and increase heart disease and cancer risk.
9. Reduce Stress
Stress can make your chronic pain worse. Negative feelings like anger, anxiety, and depression usually make the body more sensitive to pain. The most effective stress management techniques for relieving chronic pain are listening to calming music, performing mental imagery relaxation, and making time for progressive muscle relaxation.
10. Seek Support
Family, friends, and support groups can help you deal with your chronic pain. Whether you have difficulty performing your daily tasks or simply need emotional support, a loved one can provide the much-needed support.
Safe Chronic Pain Relief With DCcure
DCcure offers a clinically proven, safe, non-invasive solution for chronic pain without adverse side effects. It should be applied as directed in its instructional literature and always consult a licensed medical professional regarding any health concerns.
While DCcure can be used by most people 18 years of age and older, it should not be used by persons who have an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator, are pregnant, being treated for any form of cancer, to mask or relieve undiagnosed pain.
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Important: This content should not be used to interpret or diagnosis any symptoms or conditions that may be experienced. It is recommended that you see a licensed medical professional if you believe these, or any other symptoms or conditions exist. DCcure is intended to relieve pain associated with muscle strains, pulls, tears, tension, spasms, and overuse; repetitive motion injuries; poor posture; prolonged sitting and weak core muscles and should not be applied when other disease states or conditions exist.