Yes, you have consulted several specialists or physicians and have undergone all the tests they had suggested. Finally, you got to know that you are suffering from a "chronic pain". For several people, it can be a harsh and yet unfortunate reality as the conditions are tough to be treated and can even be cured rarely likes spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. When you have a chronic back pain due to any of the above-mentioned conditions, there are various stages starting from a mild discomfort to intermittent bouts of pain until the pain becomes too intense to bear.
It can be so frustrating as well as tiring to live your days with a chronic back pain. However, it is still possible to restrict the severity of the pain along with its effect on you if you can follow the strategies mentioned below:
Gain Expertise In Managing Your Pain
The same technique for pain management may not work equally well for all the affected people. You should bear this fact in your mind and should be also flexible enough to try out various techniques and methods to manage and reduce your back pain.
When your pain is kept at the lowest possible level, you can remain physically active. It, in turn, can further minimize your chronic back pain and also help in preventing it from deteriorating. Further, your stress level that is typically related to chronic back pain will also decrease. Some of the common techniques for your pain management are as follows:
1. Religiously following a healthy exercise schedule, particularly in a swimming pool
2. Prescription pain killers or over-the-counter medications
3. Heat therapy
4. Cold therapy
Apart from the above techniques for managing your chronic back pain that you can do on your own, there are certain pain management procedures like epidural spinal injections, which can be also of great help. There are some people who get great relief also from alternative treatments like massage therapy, acupuncture or chiropractic care.
In order to find out what is ideal for you, it is better to try out different combinations of techniques of pain management. However, patience is important since it can take some time prior to finding the proper blend of treatments that work the best for you.
You Need A Proper Support Network
Suffering from chronic back pain may be quite an isolating feeling. After all, it will not be usual phenomena for you to be as active as you were previously. Often, you will find yourself saying "no" to invitations for social gatherings. It is also possible that you are no longer attending to some of your most favorite activities such playing soccer, running and so on.
Staying indoors all alone can make you feel more isolated and lonely. As such, you may suffer more from your chronic pain. After all, there are no stimuli to distract your mind or body from the back pain. Plus, there is an increased risk to develop certain mental conditions such as depression.
Your support network should constitute only of those people who are highly supportive and emphatic toward your condition. You need to also find a healthy and proper distraction from your pain. However, it does not necessarily mean that you should be always in the company of other people who are also experiencing chronic pain like some pain support groups. Yet, being a part of such groups can help. Your social network can also comprise of your family members or friends who visit you regularly.