Tips to Finding a Pain Management Solution When You Struggle With Chronic Pain
For individuals who suffer from a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia, neuropathy, or multiple sclerosis, finding effective pain management can be harder than it sounds. When you live with one of these conditions or one that is similar, receiving a diagnosis is rarely the only obstacle that you will face. However, with a few tips, you may be more successful at getting the help that you need to address your painful symptoms.
One of the first steps to getting a solution is to find a doctor that is ready to help you down a long road. Different doctors may be more experienced in treating numbness, tingling, or shooting pains while others may have success with aching. Often, finding the most effective pain management is a process that can take months and even years of trial and error before reliable relief can be found.
Start with recommended physicians or specialists and see which have the qualities that you need in your care team. Look for patience, understanding, and avoid those medical professionals that seem to be more interested in getting you out the door with a prescription rather than improving your overall health.
Especially with MS and fibromyalgia, it can be difficult to pinpoint the most likely causes of a flare up. Keeping track of daily symptoms can make adjusting your treatment more effective. Making honest entries each day may help you identify patterns or triggers overtime. Although it still may take several months in order to find the solution that is right for you, having a record of how your body reacts to different types of treatment can reduce confusion.
Finally, do not give up. Few people find the right doctor or the right treatment on their first, second, or third try. Joining a support group may be an effective way to stay motivated when your symptoms worsen or effective management of your pain seems impossible to achieve.
Finding pain management when you live with chronic pain can be difficult, but it is not impossible. By applying these tips, you may be more successful in your efforts to improve your quality of living from one day to the next.
About the author – Dr. James Lin specializes in chronic pain management. He studied at UCLA and currently publishes several blogs and articles with pain management tips. Follow him on Twitter @DrJamesTLin