When dealing with any type of medical condition especially one as relentless as chronic pain, you should always seek the proper medical attention from professionals. Chronic pain can be unbearable; causing one to lose sleep, become anxious, or simply, lose the ability to do certain things you could do before. Your medical team is supposed to be reliable, supportive and responsive, however, this is not always the case. An important question we wish to address is: what do you do as a patient if your medical team fails you. This could mean a number of different scenarios such as receiving the wrong diagnosis, undergoing the wrong type of treatments, or the doctor feeling that there is nothing else that can be done. Here are some helpful tips to help you overcome these scenarios.
Chronic Pain Relief Through Exercise
One of the key tricks to deal with chronic pain is to try and focus on something else to take your mind off the pain. What better way to do this than a little exercise? The muscles are the most common target of lupus. Exercise helps to strengthen muscles, helping prevent re-injury and further pain. Even just taking 20 minutes out of your day for a quick walk can make the biggest difference in your health.
Join a Support Group
No one will ever fully understand the pain that you’re going through except for the people who are experiencing what you are. You are not alone. Support groups can be very beneficial because you can hear first hand experiences and gain some tips from how they cope with their pain. Getting counseling can help you learn to cope better and help you avoid negative thoughts that make pain worse.
Find Ways to Distract yourself from the Pain
When pain gets to be too much, it may hard for you to take your mind off of it. Moist heat soothes muscle and joint pain better than dry heat. Soaking in a hot tub, sauna, or whirlpool, using a moist heated towel, or taking a hot shower can be helpful. Forms of meditations such as focused breathing, low-impact yoga, and Tai Chi can be effective tools for pain management. These methods can help with relieving pain and stress that can make the chronic pain unbearable.
Seek New Physicians
If you wish to seek new physicians or specialists to consult during your health journey, contact your primary care physician first for any referrals. If you are seeking a rheumatologist in Connecticut, you can reach out to the Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter for a recommendation in your area at email@example.com.