Pain – You Don’t Have to Live With It!

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August 25, 2015 by Michael P. Ederer, D.O.

You’ve probably been in pain at one time or another. Maybe you’ve had a headache or bruise—pain that doesn’t last too long. But, many people have ongoing pain from health problems. They may even have many different kinds of pain.  Pain can be your body’s way of warning you that something is wrong. Always tell the doctor where you hurt and exactly how it feels.
There are two kinds of pain. Acute pain begins suddenly, lasts for a short time, and goes away as your body heals. You might feel acute pain after surgery or if you have a broken bone, infected tooth, or kidney stone.  Pain that lasts for several months or years is called chronic (or persistent) pain. In some cases, chronic pain follows after acute pain from an injury or other health issue has gone away.
Living with any type of pain can be very hard. There are things you can do yourself that might help you feel better. Try to:
  • Keep a healthy weight. Putting on extra pounds can slow healing and make some pain worse.
  • Be active. Try to keep moving. Pain might make you inactive, which can lead to a cycle of more pain and loss of function.
  • Get enough sleep. It will improve
  • healing and your mood.
  • Avoid tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol. They can get in the way of your
  • treatment and increase your pain.
  • Join a pain support group. Sometimes, it can help to talk to other people about how they deal with pain.
  • Participate in activities you enjoy. Taking part in activities that you find relaxing, like listening to music or doing art, might help take your mind off of some of the pain.
Make sure you always talk with your healthcare provider. There may be solutions to help.
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