Do you ever wonder why you feel pain and what it does to your body? Pain is a complex protective mechanism of the body or an uncomfortable feeling to the body that alerts you that something is not correct. Pain receptors are found in every body part, but most are on the skin. The skin pain receptors are sensitive, and you could quickly tell where you’ve been hurt or scratched on your skin faster than you could feel the pain in the internal organs. Dr. Clement Yeh is a pain management expert who can help you overcome acute and chronic pain. The primary goal of pain management is to restore the patient’s function before pain, which is also entirely determined by the cause as well as the overall health of the individual. Here are the types of pain you might experience and how to manage them.

What are the types of pain?

·         Nociceptive Pain

Nociceptive pain causes mobility issues; it feels sharp, aching, or throbbing. The pain is associated with an external injury to the bone, tendons, joints, muscles, skin, and tendons. This pain might make walking difficult as it affects the joints.

·         Inflammatory Pain

Inflammatory pain leads to an increased sensitivity due to the response associated with tissue damage. It might result in soreness, swelling, and redness in the affected area; inflammation affects the joints making it hard to move. Having the inflammation for an extended time increases pain and prevents healing.

·         Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is caused by damage or nerve irritation that transfers information between the brain and spinal cord from the skin, muscles, and other body parts. The pain is usually sensitive to touch.

·         Functional Pain

Functional abdominal results such conditions include fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. It occurs due to irritation in the sensitive areas of the digestive system and can affect the efficiency of food absorption.

How do you manage pain without medicine?

•         Psychosocial Intervention; it is a form of counseling that targets and repairs the deep-seated psychological effects of pain.

•         Physical therapies, such as walking, stretching, strengthening, or aerobic exercises, may help reduce pain and improve your mood but also moderate.

•         Massage, relaxation, and stress management techniques are used for soft tissue injuries and should be avoided if the pain is in the joints. It could also be combined with meditation or yoga. It is recommended as a short-term pain management technique.

What are the goals of pain management specialists?

·         Improve Quality of Life-What did you enjoy doing before the pain became a part of your life?

·         Reducing Patient Discomfort and Pain Intensity

·         Improvement of Mental Wellbeing; Chronic pain that does not end can lead to feelings of despair, anxiety, guilt, regret, remorse, loss, and self-harm. These are normal emotions and should be addressed as part of the treatment. Providing emotional support and coping strategies can give patients the light they need.

·          Enhancing Physical Functioning; the lack of movement makes the pain worse, and movement can be beneficial to pain patients as it increases blood flow and joint movement.

Using medicine can always make us miss out on other, more natural options that could help us heal or manage pain faster and with fewer side effects. Natural pain-releasing approaches are frequently safer; your doctor should help reduce the pain and improve your lifestyle.

By Alexander James

Beau Alexander James: Beau, a mental health advocate, shares personal stories, coping strategies, and promotes mental health awareness and understanding.