I don’t like to take pain medications. Almost all of them have a potential for serious side effects. Instead of taking something that contains acetaminophen for a headache, I spare my liver and just tough it out until it goes away.
But after a recent operation, I returned home to rest. After a few hours the local pain numbing medication that they had given me started to wear off. I’m used to pain, but this was just too much. It was excruciating. None of the pain pills seemed to have an effect. Finally I drove myself back to the hospital.
At the hospital they gave me a shot of morphine. Nothing. Then a second shot. Still nothing. After a third shot they asked me to rate the pain on a scale of one to ten. It was still pretty near the top.
Finally, after the fourth shot of morphine, the pain began to subside. It actually became a little pleasant. I thought to myself: Wow. I could get used to this.” And that’s the problem. Narcotic pain relievers make you feel good as well as relieving your pain. That’s why they are addictive.
According to Medical News Today: “The truth is…not all pain is created equal. Acute pain is where it all begins. Lasting for several months, acute pain is typically treated with rest, time and medication. For many, that is enough. But if the pain persists, it converts to chronic pain, and new methods must be explored.”
Over 40 million people have chronic pain that lasts more than a few months. Pain medication is alright to relieve acute pain, but when it becomes chronic, the threat of addiction becomes very real. But that’s when new technologies can come to the rescue.
Some of the new technologies that treat pain are: “Spinal Cord Stimulation, Intraspinal Infusion Pumps and Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy can bring pain relief.” Older traditional methods like Acupuncture and Acupressure can also be utilized. Many times if the chronic pain is not severe, meditation and relaxation techniques can be used to take the focus away from the pain.
Close communication with your health care provider is essential to successful pain treatment. Don’t suffer through the pain, sometimes the earlier it is treated the more successful the treatment is.
Use a pain chart to rank your pain and communicate it to your doctor. Seek out a doctor that specializes in pain management or go to a pain clinic. And be sure to let your doctor know if the pain increases.