Anyone with chronic pain will understand how miserable it can be. But, having the right information to hand can help to make life better for sufferers. Here are some of the most common misconceptions relating to chronic pain.
Strong painkillers are the only solution
Suffering from chronic pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re tied to strong painkillers to manage symptoms for the foreseeable future. In fact, there are lots of alternative forms of pain relief that are available that may prove highly effective, without any unpleasant side effects. As pain technology improves, for instance, solutions such as bands with supa-quartz worn on the skin can act as pain inhibitors.
Surgery is the only cure for chronic pain
Many people put off seeking help for their chronic pain as they worry that they’ll have to go under the knife. While surgery can be a way to tackle chronic pain in some people, in most instances, it’s the last case scenario. Normally, other pain relief options are tried first, with many of these producing effective results.
Rest is best
It was previously thought that resting in bed was the best way to manage chronic pain, but now experts shun this idea, arguing that prolonged periods of rest can actually make the pain worse. Depending on your specific area of pain, and on the advice of a medical expert, it’s usually wise to keep as mobile as possible to prevent painful joints from seizing up.
Push through the pain
The expression ‘no pain no gain’ tends to make people believe that you should just battle on if your body is aching. While this might be the case for some athletes, in most instances, if you experience chronic pain, you shouldn’t have to keep putting up with it. Whether you experience wrist pain, elbow pain, backache or troublesome hips or knees, it’s important to seek help if the pain doesn’t subside. Pushing through the pain not only makes you feel miserable but it could cause further damage.
Pain is a normal part of ageing
Despite what many people believe, pain isn’t an inevitable part of the ageing process. Even if you do experience some wear and tear in your joints as you get older, there are lots of solutions to help ease any uncomfortable symptoms.