A number of people across the world suffer from different sort of pain such as chronic pain, acute or severe pain. Each one of you may have realized pain in one form or the other. Sometimes you face back pain or migraine after a whole day stressful work; others may be having joint pains due to arthritis or pain due to undergoing surgery.
Most of the times, these pain become a part of one's routine life and health largely. It hinders the growth and living of a person and therefore it becomes necessary to cope up with such pains. Several approved medicines provide relief from day to day pain whether acute or severe.
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Choosing Back Pain Medication
Back pain medication is a major issue with the doctors now as a majority of people are known to suffer from acute back pain. If you have reached the stage where you feel that back pain medication is essential to treat your pain, then do not delay. Just rush to your doctor for help before things deteriorate beyond repair.
Back ache has the capability to disrupt your daily activities. If you are immobile, then it is difficult to lead a normal life. No matter how much you dislike taking medicines, you will have to take them if you do not want your pain to reach its peak and take mobility away from your body. But that does not mean in any way that you indulge in self medication. Always consult a specialist if you want to get proper treatment.
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It can be beneficial when, for example, your knee sustains a blow and tissues need care and protection. However, sometimes, inflammation can persist longer than necessary, causing more harm than benefit.
Pain Management: Treating Mind and Body
Scheman stresses the importance of approaching pain both physically and emotionally and addressing "people as entire human beings.” So while chronic pain medication can be effective and important for pain management for many people, it isn't the only tool available when it comes to pain treatment, and it shouldn't be the only tool that's used.
Medications. "There are a lot of medications that are prescribed for pain," says Scheman, although she notes that opioids (narcotics) and benzodiazepines may not be the best options. Those treatments "have their own problems, and there are no good studies on using opioids for long periods of time for the treatment of chronic pain."
Types of chronic pain medication used include:
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin
Antidepressants, which can improve sleep and alleviate pain
Anti-seizure medications, which can be effective in treating pain related to nerve damage or injury
Steroids, like dexamethasone and prednisone, to alleviate inflammation and pain
Therapy. Therapy can be aimed at both the mind and the body. Says Scheman, "I try to look at any of these therapies as not being purely physical or purely psychological — we are always a mixture of both of those things."
Physical therapy is a very important part of any pain management program. Pain can be worsened by exercise that isn't done correctly (or interpreted incorrectly as pain rather than overuse), and a physical therapist can tailor the right exercise regimen for you. Proper exercise slowly builds your tolerance and reduces your pain — you won’t end up overdoing it and giving up because it hurts.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy allows people to "learn and have a better understanding of what the pain is from, and what they can do about it," says Scheman. This therapy is really about understanding the role of pain in your life and what it actually means for you, add Scheman.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be taken to alleviate the pain caused by inflammation.
They counteract an enzyme that contributes to inflammation. This either prevents or reduces pain.
Examples of NSAIDs include naproxen, ibuprofen, and aspirin, which are available to purchase online.
Avoid the long-term use of NSAIDs unless advised by a doctor. They increase a person's risk of stomach ulcers, which can result in severe, life-threatening bleeding.
NSAIDs may also worsen asthma symptoms, cause kidney damage, and increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Acetaminophen, such as paracetamol or Tylenol, can reduce pain without affecting the inflammation. They may be ideal for those wishing to treat just the pain while allowing the healing factor of the inflammation to run its course.
Corticosteroids, such as cortisol, are a class of steroid hormones that prevent a number of mechanisms involved in inflammation.
There are two sets of corticosteroids:
Glucocorticoids: These are prescribed for a range of conditions, including:
Creams and ointments may be prescribed for inflammation of the skin, eyes, lungs, bowels, and nose.
Mineralocorticoids: These are used to treat cerebral salt wasting, and to replace important hormones for patients with adrenal insufficiency.
The side effects of corticosteroids are more likely if taken by mouth. Taking them with inhalers or injections can reduce the risk.
Inhaled medications, such as those used long-term to treat asthma, raise the risk of developing oral thrush. Rinsing the mouth out with water after each use can help prevent oral thrush.
Glucocorticoids can also cause Cushing's syndrome, while mineralocorticoids can cause high blood pressure, low blood potassium levels, connective tissue weakness, and problems with the levels of acids and alkalis in body tissue.
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