Treatment of chronic pain syndrome includes:
Your physician may prescribe you some pain-relieving medicines e.g. ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, or naproxen sodium. Topical ointments, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs are also prescribed. If the pain becomes persistent for a longer time, opioids may be prescribed but they are addictive, so not recommended for longer use.
Disclaimer! Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine, even normal painkillers.
Alternative techniques include; acupuncture, acupressure, stress management, talk therapy, electrical stimulation, and physical exercises.
- Acupuncture: This is a Chinese-originated technique that involves the use of needles inserted at different points of the body. Acupuncture is widely used in Pakistan with a different approach.
- Acupressure: In this technique, pressure is applied at various body points without using needles.
- Stress Management: It is a learned process to control physical response towards pain.
- Electrical Stimulation: The electric pulses are given to the nerves for a short time period to relieve pain. A ‘TENS machine is used in which a pad delivers electric signals through the skin to block pain receptors.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy: It is a type of talk therapy in which a chronic pain victim is taught how to cope with anxiety, depression, and common everyday problems.
- Physical Therapy: Different exercises including yoga are used to reduce chronic pain. Physical exercises lessen the need for medicines, and pain and improve mood.
When to consult a doctor?
If the pain becomes persistent for a longer time, consult a medical professional as soon as possible.