Most people who undergo a surgical procedure do so to reduce some ailment that’s causing them pain. That’s why Chronic Post-Operative Pain can be extremely frustrating. The surgery that was supposed to provide relief ends up causing further pain – pain that is prolonged and may damage the patient’s quality of life in the long run.
The trauma associated with Chronic Post-Operative Pain can lead to additional health ailments, and many sufferers experience anxiety, depression, and sleep conditions revolving around their pain. Therefore, it’s important to be open with your doctor about your pain levels and begin receiving treatment as soon as the issue is noticed.
Of course, the healing process of any surgical procedure is painful at worst and uncomfortable at best, but the type of distress associated with Chronic Post-Operative Pain lasts long after the stitches have healed for up to 10% of patients. So, your doctor should be able to make a diagnosis soon after the healing process is complete. It’s a scary diagnosis to receive, as the prognosis can be unpredictable. However, your doctor can provide you with a management plan that should provide you with relief – both mentally and physically.
If you suffer from Chronic Post-Operative Pain, talk to your doctor about…
Medications: There are a range of medications that can help you manage your pain. Your doctor may recommend a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (like ibuprofen) to reduce inflammation, acetaminophen to reduce pain, opioids for extreme distress, anticonvelsants for neuropathic pain, and/or antidepressants to help you reduce your anxiety, depression, and induce healthy sleeping patterns.
Targeted Therapies: In addition to medication, your doctor may recommend targeted therapies to help you manage and overcome your pain. Your doctor at Premier Pain & Spine may recommend joint injections, nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, or radiofrequency ablation. The specific treatments you qualify for will depend upon your pain levels and the location of your pain.
Self-Care: When you suffer from chronic pain, it can be difficult to find the motivation to take care of yourself – even though proper self-care can help you better manage your symptoms. Ask your doctor if you should be eating certain foods (or avoiding them), practicing yoga, walking the dog, or utilizing meditation as a way to manage the emotions and pain that come along with Chronic Post-Operative Pain.
Support Systems: Chronic pain can make you feel alone in the world. It can be hard for people who have never dealt with such distress to empathize with the struggle. However, it’s important for you to stay connected with the world, and to find solace among others who understand. Talk to your family and friends so they get a better idea of what you’re going through, and can provide support. Additionally, ask your doctor for resources or support groups that will help you connect with people who are going through the same thing.
Coming to terms with chronic pain can be hard, but the first step is always to talk to your doctor. Make an appointment today to start finding relief.