Developing A Pain Management Plan
Those who suffer from chronic pain should consult with their health care professionals to develope a pain
management plan. This plan is your design to manage and cope with the pain you experience on a day-to-day basis and
will involve several areas.
These areas will consist of:
pain relieving medications,
relaxation or meditation therapies,
and massage therapy (cold and heat).
Your pain management plan is your call to take positive action when pain strikes so that you can experience
relief and continue on with your activities for the day.
Pain-relieving medications: Pain medications should be taken on a regular schedule instead of
only when you experience pain. This allows for the most benefit to be received and for you to experience the most
pain relief possible from these medications. Medication therapy may be c combination or just one kind and may
include: acetaminophen, NSAIDs, steroids, narcotics, DMARDs or biologics. Each type has its won set of benefits and
risks that must be measured against your desired quality of life.
Relaxation and meditation therapies: Learning ways to relax your muscles and mind can also help
to relieve pain. There are many ways to help you relax. Music is one way that many find induces them to relax. Deep
breathing is another successful method to allow you to relax. Meditation is a skill that has to be learned but can
be of great benefit to the person who suffers from chronic pain.
Distraction: When we focus on our pain we become more acutely aware of it. Having the ability
to distract our thoughts from our pain can be very helpful. It is how some parents help their kids deal with the
pain of receiving vaccinations. They distract hem with an object or with talking to them. Distraction does help.
Keeping your mind occupied on other issues like work, volunteer tasks or reading can work wonders in pain
Massage and cold/heat therapies: When experiencing mild symptoms it can be helpful to use
massage therapy, or cold/heat treatments to relieve pain. These therapies are quick and easy and can be done
self-applied or done by a professional. Many physical therapists make use of massage and heat/cold therapies for
their patients. Your pain management plan should include all of the above elements. Your plan is individualized to
fit your particular needs and lifestyle.
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Your pain management plan should involve understanding how you normally handle pain including how
anger, anxiety, depression, despair, or frustration figure into your pain management. Do these emotions contribute
to your pain management or do they hinder your ability to manage pain? Learning how to take positive charge of your
emotions and your response to pain can help you to feel better.
There are strategies for dealing with the emotions of pain that you can add to your pain management
plan. These strategies include:
1. A nutritious diet
2. Cognitive-behavioral training
3. Joining a support group
4. Exercising on a regular basis
5. Receiving support from a mental health provider
Take a hike. Walking can actually release muscle tension, as well as help ease
back pain, and build bone strength. Not to mention it also makes you feel better.
Make sure you go over your pain management plan with all of your health care professionals as each of them may
have items to include in your plan that may benefit you. You should periodically go over your plan to see if there
are any changes that are necessary to make that relate to any changes in your pain level.