Thankfully, pain relief is not always a problem, but when it becomes an issue life can become a chore. People suffering with chronic or long-term pain are particularly concerned about how to find relief. Medications like Tramadol can take the edge off, but there are other activities that can assist with pain management.
Some common tips pain relief includes:
Deep Breathing or Meditation
Meditation has been used for centuries to relieve many aliments as well as program the mind to deal with pain relief and discomfort. Deep breathing, which is an important component of meditation is the key to bringing your body into a relaxed state. Many of us have forgotten how to properly breath. It is important to breath through the stomach while filling our lungs to capacity, holding that breath and slowly releasing it. Give it a try.
Stress actually creates or emphasizes pain. Try to avoid stressful situations. Find a quiet place from which to do your work. Jobs or chores that you find stressful should be assigned to others until your condition becomes more manageable. One of the most important components to healing is rest and relaxation. So relax and take a breather.
Producing natural endorphins through exercise
Our body has it’s own pain management system around exercise. We are endowed with powerful bodies that can do amazing things and to allow us to do these things our bodies produce endorphins. When you workout and you experience that “natural” high…those are endorphins at work. Keep in mind that if your pain is physically related then exercise may irritate your situation… but if not perhaps exercise is a good solution. Be sure to consult your doctor before embarking on any physical activity to be sure your condition would benefit from exercise.
Cut back on drinking alcohol
Movies and TV love to suggest that a shot of tequila will help with pain relief. Unfortunately Alcohol is a depressant and actually does do much to relieve your pain pain. I may cloud your mind and it may keep you up at night, but it’s not so great for pain relief. Avoiding spirits will have a far better benefit to your condition and you will also get a good night’s rest. You could also try some warm relaxing tea. In fact there are some really good herbal teas that will assist with pain.
Join a support group
Talking to others who are experiencing what you are going through is an awesome source of information. Not everyone has the same experience as you but going through a similar experience in regard to pain relief can be of great benefit and can save you a great deal of team. Ask your doctor or nurse about gatherings that concern pain management.
Medication for Pain Management?
While medication may not be the first choice in pain management, sometimes in order to keep a functional quality of life that includes staying employed and interacting with family, medication may be the only alternative until the source of pain is dealt with.
It is extremely important that a doctor be consulted when considering any form of medication to deal with moderate to severe pain. There are many drug interactions that would have dire consequences to your health if not first consulted with a doctor. Many pain medications require specific doses to be effective and in many cases higher doses have severe negative side effects that would do little to increase your quality of life.