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Do You Experience Chronic Pain? Learn How To Manage It:

Chronic pain is usually the pain that lasts for three or more months consecutively and is not relieved by surgical or medical care. The most common chronic pain causes are some type of disease or tissue injury. Pain provides a warning sign that something is not completely right with the body. With severe or chronic pain that does not go away with medications, it is always better to seek immediate medical attention. Certain examples of chronic pain could be:

  • Painful neurological disorders that result from nerve damage
  • Failed back surgery that may have resulted in nerve damage
  • Complex regional pain syndrome that develops in the hand or foot after injuries like broken bones
  • Leg or back pain as a result of spinal diseases

Causes Of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be developed by anyone, although, it is more common in people with certain medical conditions such as back issues, arthritis, or diabetes, mostly in adults. Persistent pain is not at all good for the body, and if such is the case, then immediate medical attention should be sought. While it might not be possible to prevent chronic pain in all cases, aggressive treatments can help in reducing the odds of having severe or sudden pain being converted into chronic pain. Here are some of the causes of chronic pain:

  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Spinal Injury
  • Nerve Damage or Inflammation
  • Anxiety or Mood Disorders
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer
  • Back Injury
  • Arthritis

Managing Chronic Pain

Here are a few ways in which you can manage your chronic pain:

  • Make use of home treatment for mild or moderate pain. Chronic pain can be reduced with the help of getting sufficient amount of sleep and exercising on a daily basis.
  • Over the counter pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen can greatly help. Complementary therapies such as yoga and massage alongside can also prove to be quite effective.
  • If the pain gets out of hand, then you should always have a word with your doctor. They may then prescribe you with different treatment options that can work for you.
  • It is important that a clear and proper treatment plan is made for you with the help of your doctor. The best plan might be inclusive of many treatments.
  • It is not easy to live with chronic pain. And if it gets too much for you, then you can also consider getting counseling. This can greatly help in dealing with fear, depression, anxiety, anger, and frustration.
  • Chronic pain can best be managed with the help of bringing a certain amount of change in your daily life and making sure that you do not indulge in activities that might cause your pain to become worse.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain, the best thing to do is to contact your family doctor immediately.  Your physician would be able to assess your symptoms properly and help identify the source of your chronic pain.

Former VP, CIPA Medical Affairs and Director, IPABC

Dr. Paul Zickler graduated from the faculty of medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 1972 and became an Emergency Physician. He practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years after which he co-owned and operated several ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years and discovered his interest in prescription medicines. Dr. Zickler was a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and was CIPA’s Vice-president for Medical Affairs. He has also served as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, the Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy) and was the principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines.


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