Pain management involves medical (medications and procedures), physical and psychological strategies to reduce pain and improve your quality of life. Modern medical treatment can sometimes result in a marked reduction in pain intensity. However there are some things you can do to help yourself. Most important, don’t give up hope or the will to go on. New ideas and discoveries are constantly being made and shared by pain doctors on a world-wide basis. Pain specialists in Australia and other countries meet frequently to discuss new treatments and approaches for helping people in pain. We can inform you of the latest developments.
Maintaining physical and mental activity is important. Try to take some daily exercise if at all possible. Walking or swimming has been found to be particularly helpful by many people. Learn to pace yourself. And when you do have a period of pain relief, don’t overdo the physical activity. Wear sensible footwear that don’t put a strain on your posture. Good posture helps.
Try to maintain your social activities especially by keeping in touch with family and friends. If you feel you have to give up an activity that you particularly enjoy, either temporarily or permanently, then do try to replace it with something equally stimulating or mentally engaging.
If you are employed and doing heavy work, then explain to your employer the issues you face. You may ask to be redeployed for a time to some lighter activity and so avoid failure and the risk of losing your job.
The experience of chronic pain affects not only the sufferer but also the people around, especially the close family. Try to share your negative feelings with the health professionals and save the good moments to share with your family and friends.