Chronic pain can be a long and complicated road to travel. It is not a road that you have to travel alone. Ask our experts at iCare Pharmacy and we can give you a second opinion on your treatment and answer any questions you may have. We also work with different health advocates that can help you manage the stigma that can sometimes associated with Chronic Pain. If you require help we can also point you in the direction if needed. We promote a collaborative approach in regards to chronic pain.
Pain is a normal response that is a warning signal from the body to alert us that something is wrong. Pain is our bodies reaction towards any injury or illness that we may suffer. As an example if you have injured your knee the best thing for you in the short term may be rest while it heals. Your body knows this instinctively and as a result everytime you move your knee you are met with a sharp pain. This pain acts as a reminder and a deterrent for you to not move your knee until it heals properly. In this manner pain serves as a positive role in promoting your healing.
Normally, pain subsides when the illness or injury is cured and healed. But sometimes the pain can still continue long after even though the underlying cause of the pain has resolved. If the pain has lasted for more than 3 to 6 weeks without an underlying cause, the pain is known to be chronic pain.
When it comes to treating chronic pain we cannot rely on just one approach in the treatment of your pain. There are many different factors to consider such as psychological, lifestyle, medication and spirituality to name just a few. If we just focus on just medication for a patient's treatment we will fall short of the goal of reducing a patient's pain. For example it is not unusual for patients who are in Chronic Pain to be isolated and to themselves because they see their pain as a burden to others. Being out in public makes some patients feel more vulnerable because they are anxious that their pain will become worse in the presence of others. This anxiety of their perception of being a burden can feed into the pain making it worse which feeds back into the patient's anxiety leading to a vicious cycle. Because of this Chronic Pain patients can stay isolated making them more prone to depression. This is why it is important to not just treat the patient in isolation but also involve their family and friends in their healing process so they can better understand their perspective. This helps to establish a foundation of support for the patient which allows greater chance of success in their treatment.
As alluded to above pain is just one aspect of Chronic Pain. Chronic pain is a complicated syndrome associated with myriad of symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite, Insomnia, mood swings, weakness and loss of energy. Most importantly it can reduce your quality of life and effect the simplest of daily activities. Treating pain when it comes to Chronic Pain Syndrome is only one aspect to your road to recovery. At iCare Pharmacy we understand the challenges that come with chronic pain. Ask our experts and we can help you bring back the quality to your day to day life. If you are interested a more in depth look at Chronic pain please check out our blog on the subject which is more intensive. At our Windermere location I have helped patients in the management of their chronic pain. I work with your physician, yourself and your physiotherapist in a collaborative approach to help find solutions that work best for you.