Pain Management and Those You Love
|May 20, 2009||Posted by healthsmartmom under Health Issues|
No one wants to see the people they love suffer. However, sometimes with severe injury or illness, pain is simply unavoidable. That’s why it’s important to know how to help manage, treat, and cope with the pain your loved one might be feeling.
Many people will wonder why they should treat pain. They may fear addiction, or simply go by the philosophy that they should just live with it. But pain doesn’t just make us less comfortable, it can also affect our mood, sleep patterns, our daily activities, and pretty much every aspect of our lives. And now there are safe and effective medications so you don’t have to simply deal with pain.
To properly manage pain, it’s important to get started before the pain is too severe and to find a specialist. Most people think of anesthesiologists as the people who put you to sleep for surgeries, but they actually specialize in pain management. They can work with the doctor or doctors to develop and execute a proper pain management plan. It is important for this doctor (along with any others) to know what kind of pain your loved one is in, how bad it is, when it started, and how often it is. You also need to keep them updated on whether or not treatment is working.
While it is important for your loved ones to make their own decisions on their health if possible, it may be necessary for you to act as their advocate and speak up when they can’t. This may be if they are not able to communicate anymore, or if the doctor simply isn’t listening to them.
Often chronic pain is accompanied by a severe or terminal illness. While the illness itself causes pain, the stress from coping with the disease can make that pain even more unbearable. Anxiety, depression, and lack of proper sleep can all contribute to additional pain. That’s why it’s important to help your loved one properly understand and treat the underlying cause of their pain.
When modern medicine simply isn’t doing enough to manage your loved one’s pain, you may be able to find them relief in alternative treatments. These treatments can be used to reduce stress, ease tension, and improve sleep quality. Many people find additional pain relief from massage, acupuncture, or even meditation. While these methods may not do anything to help the cause of the pain, they can provide extra relief and coping skills when combined with modern medicine. Just remember to consult your loved one’s doctor before starting any treatment.
One of the biggest problems with alternative medicine is skepticism. Often people simply just don’t believe that this kind of treatment can help them. This is especially true with older generations. If you are considering this kind of treatment, be sure to talk to your loved one and explain the options rather than simply forcing the treatment on them.
While pain is a difficult situation for anyone to deal with, try to stay calm and collected. The most important thing is to understand your loved one’s needs and help them receive the best care possible.