Did you know that over 100 million people in the US alone live with chronic pain on a daily basis?
That’s nearly a third of the population dealing with a persistent health condition, meaning that chronic pain is an issue that is happening all around us– but unless you directly experience the issue, it can pass you by. Living in a chronic state of pain is a reality for millions of people, so there’s no doubt it’s worth taking a few minutes to explore a little more on the subject. Below, you will find a rundown of the essential need-to-knows about chronic pain, its management, and how to handle experiencing it either directly or indirectly.
#1 – Chronic pain is pain that has existed for more than 12 weeks
The three-month duration is usually seen as the tipping point when acute pain moves into the “chronic” pattern. Most sufferers of chronic pain will experience pain at least three days per week, for more than 12 weeks.
#2 – Chronic pain may have lead to the opioid crisis
Much airtime has been given to the opioid crisis in recent months, and rightly so. However, what is less frequently mentioned is that many opioid sufferers were completely legitimately prescribed the opioids that they have gone on to misuse. What were those opioids prescribed for? Chronic pain. For those who have experienced addiction due to legitimate prescriptions, rehabilitation services are the best option, as well as non-medicinal methods for handling of chronic pain.
#3 – “Snake oil” therapies can take advantage of chronic pain sufferers
If you live with a life of chronic pain, then you reach a point of desperation, where you’re willing to try anything that you possibly can. This means a lot of chronic pain sufferers fall victim to snake oil remedies, which have no medicinal background or even a lay track record in general usage (as herbal remedies, for example, do).
The key marketing tactic to be wary of any product that has little information behind it and claims to “cure” pain. Therapies can manage pain, but they can’t cure all kinds of pain carte blanche, because that would involve treating the cause of the pain (which is often highly complicated). It’s important to keep this in mind if you, or someone you know, suffers with chronic pain in the future.
#4 – Genuine alternative therapies are available
Many people manage their pain, either in place of or in addition to pharmaceutical solutions, with a variety of alternative therapies that do have medical recognition or popular support. These include:
- TENS machines
- Essential oils and aromatherapy massage
- Physical therapy (in the case of musculoskeletal pain)
So it’s always worth exploring your options if chronic pain becomes an issue in your life.
Hopefully you have found the above useful, and now know a little more about successful management of chronic pain.