Wausau, Wisconsin (WSAW)-Although everyone experiences pain from time to time, such as muscle strain or back pain, chronic pain is very different from daily pain.
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months and will continue after the injury or illness is treated. Chronic pain is a disabling disease that affects 100 million American adults every year, and this number is still growing, which can have a negative impact on a person’s health. If you suffer from chronic pain, work, sleep, and even seemingly simple tasks (such as walking up stairs) will become more difficult. In fact, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons for adults to seek medical care, spending about 56-63.5 billion dollars nationwide in direct medical expenses and lost productivity each year.
On Tuesday, dual-certified anaesthetist and interventional pain medicine expert Dr. Michael Fishman and his patient Genevieve joined Sunrise 7 to discuss the journey of chronic back pain management, including how Genevieve ultimately managed her chronic back pain, which was what made her Inability to sleep normally, walk long distances, and perform daily activities.
Three tips that may help manage chronic pain:
- Body and mind therapy: Mind-body therapy is a treatment method designed to help the mind affect the body’s function and symptoms. Mind-body therapy uses a variety of methods, including relaxation techniques, exercise, meditation, guided imagery, and hypnosis. Relaxation techniques can help relieve the discomfort associated with chronic pain.
- Manage your diet: Believe it or not, diet affects a person’s ability to fight pain. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as salmon or tuna, are known to reduce inflammation. Yellow, orange and red fruits/vegetables come from a group of phytochemicals called carotenoids-they also help reduce inflammation.
- Discuss treatment options with your doctor: If medication or lifestyle changes cannot resolve or relieve your pain, be sure to discuss the latest treatment plan with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend a variety of treatments, including medication, relaxation therapy and/or physical therapy, or DTM spinal cord stimulation therapy to help relieve pain.
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