Understanding Fact from Fiction: Chronic Pain Myths
You know what it’s like to feel pain. Say you touch a hot stove, it is unpleasant and will hurt your hand a lot. It can sting, burn and ache all at the same time. It can vary in intensity from extremely painful to slightly painful. Pain is a complex interaction that occurs between your nerves, spinal cord and brain. It is a complex traffic system that has everything from an emergency response system, to traffic lights and varying road conditions. Pain is also a very personal experience. It is both emotional and physical and involves learning. How you react to pain depends on personal factors as well as what is causing it.
Understanding pain might not be as easy as you think it is. Everyone is unique when it comes to their pain.
It is important to note, those suffering from chronic pain are subjected people’s misconceptions on what life is like for them.
These chronic pain myths and misconceptions are necessary to address and refute so that those affected do not suffer needlessly. No one wants to have to suffer through not being believed, or dealing with misconceptions. It is important to know that if you are suffering from chronic pain, you are not alone. There are many warriors out there fighting the battle with you.
Chronic pain is clinically diagnosed as any pain that goes on for six or more months. It can be the result of an injury from a car accident or the effects of an illness such as cancer. Regardless of its origin, chronic pain is debilitating. The effects of chronic pain can be debilitating, for both the patient and their family. It is a huge problem in today’s world and disables more people than actual illnesses.
Myth #1 “It’s in your head!”
Be aware, chronic pain is not, “in your head.” Chronic Pain is an actual medical condition that can and should be treated. Unfortunately, the source of a person’s pain cannot always be explained. Pain is a complex and personal experience. It is for this reason why there are pain management specialists who are trained to spot the cause of a person’s pain. Despite pain not always being identifiable, there is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions.
Telling someone his or her pain is all in his or her head is exceptionally terrible thing to do. Although it is unknown how many incidents of falsely reported pain occur chances are your loved one is not lying to you or making things up if they are seeking professional medical care. Chronic pain is a beast despite being subjective, it needs to be properly treated. Sometimes NSAIDs or drugs like Lyrica and Gabapentin can be helpful. Other times, narcotic medication is required or medical marijuana. The trick to effectively treating pain is to be open and willing to try different methods from medical to holistic healing, you can control your pain.
Myth #2 “You Need to Learn to Suck it Up!”
Ignoring complex pain problems will not make them go away. In fact, it may even cause the pain to worsen. It is best to seek help from an experienced specialist who cares when persistent pain becomes a problem in your life. It is also untrue that people enjoy being in pain.
Knowing your limits and pacing yourself can help a person manage his or her pain. Overdoing it and pushing too hard can cause pain to become exacerbated. This is not healthy at all. Sometimes, people with pain feel very limited. It is ineffective to berate people for not being capable of numerous activities.
Chances are the person suffering wants to be more active but they just cannot function properly due to the severity of his or her pain.
Myth #3 “If You Take Narcotic Medication You Will Become Addicted”
A common myth is that someone who takes narcotic medication regularly will become addicted to them. Which, is not true. You can become dependent on narcotic medication, but that does not mean you are addicted to your medication. Narcotic medications can be exceptionally useful for treating many types of pain.
Drug addiction is when compulsive cravings are present and the usage of the drug results in harm to the user. An addict’s use will continue despite consistent harmful behavior. Those who take opiates for pain management do not become addicted and engage in destructive behavior. Most people who are suffering with an injury or illness do not engage in further destructive behavior.
People in pain can become dependant on their medication. What this means is that the presence of the drug can occur with prolonged use of pain medications. Believing Chronic pain myths like this one can be detrimental to the health and healing of individuals.
The Significance of Chronic Pain
Misinterpreting chronic pain myths for fact does the most harm to people who have legitimate medical issues. Patients who are suffering from chronic pain need to be treated appropriately and dispelling damaging myths is one way to raise awareness for those living in agony. Raising awareness will also encourage more people to seek professional care to treat their pain.
Chronic pain is pain that goes on for at least six months or more. It may stem for an injury, like a disc herniation, severe infection, or past surgery or illness. There might also present as an ongoing event from arthritis, scar tissues or something like cancer. Sometimes people have chronic pain without evidence of an injury or illness. Many people with chronic pain will not always get the help they require, and the effects of this can be devastating for all involved.
Pain is a huge problem regarding its economic and human impact. It causes more people than cancer or heart disease to be disabled, and the annual cost of it in the United States considering lost work days, workers compensation, and decreased productivity, and medical bills is a staggering $635 billion a year.
Don’t get caught up in chronic pain myths. Share this article with others to educate those around you on the difference between fact and myth when it comes to chronic pain.
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