Someone in constant pain or even short-lived acute pain usually needs some type of pain medication. There is no reason to live in misery. So, find a physician that can give you a proper diagnosis of your condition and treat it medically.
CAUTION: at the same time be leery of physicians who are too quick to prescribe medicine. If a doctor isn’t willing to spend time with you and listen in detail to your situation seek a second opinion. (In fact, as a matter of course always seek a second opinion.)
If you are regularly using a prescription make sure your physician monitors you regularly. Certain drugs used over a long period of time can cause liver damage and other problems. Also be aware that some drugs will work for a while and then their effectiveness may diminish. Another problem that can arise when combinations of drugs are used over a long period of time is that they begin to “backfire.” In other words the very drugs used to reduce pain begin to cause more pain. To remedy these problems often requires getting off the drugs long enough for them to clear out of your system. Then a new regimen of medicine can be reintroduced. CAUTION: Always consult you physician when coming off any medication. It may require that you be closely monitored during the detoxification process.
In some cases of severe chronic pain the long-term use of opiates and other addictive medicines are necessary to make day-to-day life bearable. If someone’s pain level is so intense that they can’t get out of bed, then obviously they need medication. There is no need to feel guilty or ashamed about the use of these drugs in these situations.
Unfortunately for many the use of certain drugs trigger a desire for more of the medicine. For others addiction tendencies already exist and these potent drugs are almost irresistible not to miss use. Now days most physicians are very cautious to prescribe certain drugs if the patient displays irresponsible use of the medicines.
Also, be honest with yourself and your physician about other substances you are using. Alcohol, cocaine and even marijuana can exacerbate the side effects of prescription medicine. Substance abuse is a frequent problem for those who suffer chronic pain. This is often the case where someone has self-medicated for a long time before they actually get medical assistance. If you suspect that you have an addiction problem, you probably do.
Typical signs of addiction include:
- Denial that there is a problem.
- Hiding the problem from others.
- The problem interferes with family and/or work.
- Constantly thinking about when and how you will next partake.
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seek help from either a qualified clinical psychologist or one the many support groups that have changed so many lives. These include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and others.
Finished with Medication, return to Self Care.