Pain is a signal from our body that something is not right. It can be due to a physical injury, some kind of disease, or emotional upset. Most types of physical pain can be treated with pain relievers.
Pain may be defined as an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Chronic pain is defined as pain still present after three months despite appropriate treatment.
Pain is debilitating, interfering with the ability to sleep, work, and enjoy life. It can aggravate other health conditions and lead to depression and anxiety symptoms.
Pain that lasts more than a few months is chronic pain. Some types can’t be cured. But treatment can help you find relief.
The right choice for you depends on:
• How long the pain has lasted
• How bad it is
• What's causing it
• Where you hurt
There are alternate methods to help reduce pain that may be helpful instead of, or in addition to, pain medications.
These include heat for sore or overworked muscles, ice applied to recent injuries (such as a sprained ankle), massage, resting the affected body part, and biofeedback or relaxation techniques.
Treatments have changed a lot over the years. There are more options than ever.
Doctors may use many options together to help you feel better.
Remember: Pain relief doesn’t always come in a bottle of pills.
Consult your doctor if pain lasts longer than a few days, if over-the-counter pain medications are not helping to reduce the pain, or if other symptoms arise. A consultation with a pain clinic or other specialist may be helpful for control of long-term pain.
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