Take Charge of Chronic Pain

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Take Charge of Chronic Pain

Take Charge of Chronic Pain: You are too sore to get up today. That aching pain has kept you up all night again. You have tried everything, yet nothing seems to provide relief. You wish the pain would magically disappear, but to no avail, relief seems to be nowhere in sight. So, just like every other day for the last few months, you push through the pain hoping that one day you will be able to live your life to the fullest, pain-free.

If this scenario sounds familiar to you at all, you may be experiencing chronic pain.

Everyone has experienced some form of pain at one point or another in their life, whether it was breaking a bone, dealing with a headache, or simply bumping your elbow on the table. But, chronic pain is on a completely different level and can seriously interfere with your day-to-day activities.

Everyone has experienced some form of pain at one point or another in their life, whether it was breaking a bone, dealing with a headache, or simply bumping your elbow on the table. But, chronic pain is on a completely different level and can seriously interfere with your day-to-day activities.

Chronic pain is described as a persistent or recurring pain that does not go away, lasting longer than 3 to 6 months, and affects a person’s well-being. This type of pain can be a result of illness, injury, or may onset suddenly. Based on a National Institute of Health Statistics survey, low back pain is the most common form of chronic pain, followed by severe headache or migraine, neck pain, and facial pain.

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If you suffer from chronic pain, you are not alone in this fight. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined, with more than 25% of people aged 20 years and over reporting issues of pain lasting longer than 24 hours.

Living with chronic pain can hinder daily activities, making simple tasks seem daunting. Lost sleep, missed days at work, and personal relationships have the possibility of suffering as a result of pain. In 2010, the American Academy of Pain Medicine stated the total annual incremental cost of health care due to pain ranges from $560 billion to $635 billion in the U.S., which combines medical costs and lost wages and productivity.

Taking back control of your life starts with seeking help. Chronic pain can be treated multiple ways so it is important to note that one treatment will not work best for everyone. Pain is a personal and subjective experience and should be treated as such when looking for relief. As pain is also highly misunderstood, it is vital to find a provider who recognizes that pain affects everyone differently.

The goal of managing and treating chronic pain is to improve quality of life and reduce suffering. Non-medical treatment options may include art therapy or yoga, which can help redirect thoughts away from pain. For those seeking medical treatment, pain specialists have advanced training and can help create a personalized treatment plan that will provide the most relief.

If you are looking for medical treatment options for chronic pain, consider contacting the Tri-State Interventional Pain Consultants. With over 75 years of collective experience, and specialized training in pain management, the expert providers at Tri-State Interventional Pain Consultants offer a comprehensive range of services and procedures for acute and chronic pain, including cancer and nerve pain. Using the most up-to-date information and state-of-the-art techniques, our board certified providers strive to help you regain quality of life.

So, whether you have a herniated disc, shingles, arthritis, sciatica pain, or any other type of chronic pain, treatment options are available. The caring providers at Tri-State Interventional Pain Consultants are here to help, among many other treatment options offered throughout the Lewis-Clark Valley.

Now is the time to take back your life and begin living pain-free.

by: Lisa Casolari

Lisa Casolari is the marketing coordinator for Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus. Lisa recently moved to Lewiston from Chicago where she worked in several marketing management positions. With over 9 years of marketing experience, she boasts a vast set of skills, including marketing plan development, social/digital media, advertising, promotions, graphic design, and event planning. Lisa earned her bachelor’s in marketing and entrepreneurship.

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