2 important reasons to address your chronic pain
(and 3 tips to take control of it)
Your pain is a sign that you need help.
Like a check-engine-light that you ignore.
If your check engine light came on in your car, you'd (likely) get it looked at and the problem fixed before an even bigger, more serious or possibly irreversible problem takes place.
Let me tell you about when I ignored my check engine light in my car. I knew I'd have to address it sometime but every time I started my car, the light was there, taunting me, stressing me out. Every mile I drove was in dread. I avoided going out, in case, today was the day I'd have to address the problem (or suffer the wrath of my disregard. I hoped it would just go away, resolve itself.
Until my car stranded me.
What could have been an easy and cheap fix (gummed up oil filter) turned into a full blown engine seize and thousands and thousands in repair. What a regret!!
Problem #1 - If you don't pay attention to your pain, the problems can grow:
Referred Pain: Like when your knee hurts and you start to limp which causes hip and back pain. Or shoulder pain shoots pain down your arm.
Chronic Pain: When you don't treat the problem early on, it can turn chronic - and much much harder to treat.
Permanent Damage: Painful inflammatory conditions can, over time, lead to hard calcification that cannot be treated and become permanent problems.
Problems requiring drastic measures: Not treating your pain condition can lead to need for expensive and potentially risky treatments including surgery to correct long running conditions. They're not always successful and I'm sure most people would avoid surgery.
·Psychological effects: Living with pain is stressful, tiring, emotional and isolating.
Problem #2 -The longer you leave it, the more costly it can be.
Costs aren't always directly cash related and can include:
Costly office treatments: Chiropractic, physical therapy, doctors visits. Not only costly but time consuming.
Time off work: To go to treatments or appointments, or because you are unable to do your job.
Medications: Expensive and risky! (don't even get me started on dangerous drug addiction problems).
Like the seized engine, if you take action on the problem sooner, you can save time, money and stress.
Here are 3 tips to take action on your pain.
Tip #1 - Become aware of pain and what it's telling you
Start your pain recovery journey by tracking: WHERE, WHEN and WHAT HURTS using a pain journal
Why should you have a pain journal?
to document symptoms so you can better convey them to healthcare practitioners
to identify triggers and patterns related to your pain
to monitor any treatment progress or regressions
to improve mental health when coping with pain
Download this easy to fill in 14 day pain journal.
Tip #2 - Become actively engaged in tackling your pain condition
Seek professional help with a variety of practitioners which could include your primary care doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, chiropodist, orthopedist, holistic care practitioner, functional medicine practitioner. Don't settle on one opinion and keep your options open.
Reduce stress as a way to cope with your pain. Many suffer a mental health load when dealing with chronic pain.
Find support via social media, local associations and groups, through talking with people who also have chronic pain. Their first hand knowledge, tips and success stories can be invaluable.
Learn as much as you can about your condition - having knowledge is an amazing way to motivate you to tackle your pain.
Tip #3 - Develop a treatment plan that works for you.
Not all treatments will work for every situation and you may feel that certain approaches align better for you. Some considerations that you should personally evaluate:
Outlay of time required for the treatment - how long to recover, time to go to clinic or practitioner
Location (in clinic, at home)
Cost - outlay for appointments, medications, devices.
Use of medication - whether you can afford it, tolerate it
Ability to adhere to treatment recommendations.
Your pain is like your own personal check engine light. It's telling you something is wrong and that you need to take action!
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