Chronic Pain And How To Manage It (With Real Solutions)

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In 2016, an estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults had Chronic Pain and in Canada, the numbers say approximately 1 in every 4 people lives with Persistant Pain. Chronic/Persistant Pain is described as pain that extends beyond 3 months of the estimated recovery time of an injury.

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The author dealing with an Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia flare up

Causes

Chronic Pain can be caused by the following:

  • Past injuries or surgeries
  • Back problems
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • Infections
  • Fibromyalgia, a condition in which people feel muscle pain throughout their bodies
  • Other invisible illnesses such as Lupus, MS or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Symptoms

Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. It can continue day after day or come and go. The pain can feel like:

  • A dull ache
  • Throbbing
  • Burning
  • Shooting
  • Squeezing
  • Stinging
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness

Sometimes pain is just one of many symptoms, which can also include:

  • Feeling exhausted despite rest
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep disturbances (I’m writing this at 2:30am)
  • Mood changes
  • Physical Weakness
  • Depletion of energy

Chronic Pain and Your Mental Health

Chronic pain can interfere with your daily life, keeping you from doing things you want and need to do. It can wear on your self-esteem and make you feel angry, depressed, anxious, and frustrated. A persistant feeling of sadness may accompany Chronic Pain. Often, people with Chronic Pain have to give up work, hobbies and activities they enjoy, which leads to further depression, etc.

Fighting Back

With such a high prevalence of Chronic Pain in North America, how does one fight back? How do you manage living with Chronic Pain and still maintain quality of life? There are a number of ways to manage, such as:

Pain Management Courses

These courses can be a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Theraphy, Meditation and Mindfulness, Injections to help with certain types of pain, and group talk where you have the support of others in a healthy moderated environment. There are also online pain management courses for those unable to get to programs in other locations. These include:

Pain Foundations BC

Online Therapy Pain Course

Pathway Through Pain

Mind Body Pain Clinics

On Amazon.com, you can also purchase the following – click each title to link directly to Amazon:

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Pain Management Tools

There are a number of tools available that may help you with your Chronic Pain, and are worth trying.

TENs Unit

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Mindfulness For Pain

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Mindfulness Solution

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Infrared Solutions

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Hypnotic Techniques for Pain Management

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook

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It is my sincere hope that some of these suggestions may be just what you need to help you manage your Chronic Pain. Don’t forget to check for Pain Management Services at your local hospital as well. They often run classes of 4-8 weeks that can help you learn how to support yourself.

Medication And More

Medications play a huge role in managing your Chronic Pain. Opioids are in the news now as doctors across North America are being forced to scale back the number of prescriptions they write, but there is still a useful place for them and it’s worth discussing with your doctor to see if you can benefit.

Other medications that help include drugs like Cymbalta, Lyrica and Savella for Fibromyalgia pain, Gabapentin for nerve pain, Amitriptyline for anxiety and pain, and supplements like B12, Glucosimine, Magnesium, SAMe and Vitamin D

This article from Medical News today lists a number of essential oils that can help with pain, and discusses other complementary tools such as acupuncture and yoga.

Yoga For Pain Relief

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Yoga Essentials

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Essential Oils

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I hope that some of these suggestions will help you manage your Chronic Pain and give you some relief. If you have any suggestions for products that work well for you that I should consider in a future post, please feel free to leave a comment using this form

Remember…

There Is Always Hope

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Chronic Pain And How To Manage It (With Real Solutions)

  1. Excellent resources—what a blessing to have.
    Did you win the nominations? You deserve too for sure.

    One other very important helper is 10xPure GOLD. It is highly recommended by Dr Trobiani (a board certified neurologist) who worked for Pfizer some years ago. It doesn’t come with the major side effects like drugs do.
    I would love to help provide up-to-date info on the product and or CBD if you want to know more. I am a CBD educator and have learned a lot over the 1.5 yrs on the topic.

  2. Hi Kim,

    The judging is just getting started for the WEGO Awards, so I don’t know if I’ve won or not. I’m just thrilled to have been nominated!!

    Thanks for your offer re: CBD Oil and sharing your knowledge. I have already done a post and have another one coming out re: the benefits, so won’t require any assistance at this time. I appreciate your offer though!!

  3. I’m so glad you understand the manifold benefits. I thought I saw you’re in Canada where it is more difficult to obtain. When the door to Canada finally opens, I just want you to know that 10xPure CBD/CBDA is roughly 4-10x cheaper than regular CBD oil. My bottle lasts 2 years and competitors last about 2 months.
    In a recent research endeavor, they found that the CBD-a (which is also in 10xPURE CBD) has better pain relieving power than CBD according to research studies) and, MOST importantly, CBD-a made it TO THE liver. It was NOT destroyed by the body (which is the norm) because it was protected by the holistic 10x ingredient! This is UNHEARD of in today’s CBD industry.
    That is why the Dr who worked at Pfizer was so impressed by this product and got on board as a reseller. He says it will sell better than “can’t say or I might lost license to sell.” Here is his discussion about it: https://fccdl.in/CeCjz9Lx3L

    No worries if this isn’t up your ally. I hope you don’t mind I shared this with you. I just want you to know it might be the best pain-reliever on the market for a couple years to come.

    • Hi Robbin,

      Infrared treatments have been shown to improve Chronic Pain because the heat penetrates below the surface of the skin and reaches the cellular level. The therapy uses certain wavelengths of light that are delivered to sites of the body that have injuries.

      Unlike ultraviolet light – which has damaging effects upon the tissues and cells of the body – infrared light helps cells regenerate or repair themselves. Infrared light also improves the circulation of oxygen-rich blood in the body, promoting faster healing of deep tissues and relieving pain.

      You can buy portable handheld units or standing units like the one I’ve suggested for individual body parts. You can also look into infrared Saunas, which work on the whole body. I hope that helps you understand them a bit more.

      Thanks for reading my blog!

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