Ways of Managing Pain

Pain can cause discomfort, which can develop to become debilitating. The first step to pain management is determining where you have the injury and, essentially, how serious the injury is. If you are seriously injured, you may need to pay an anesthesiologist and pain management physician in Ionia, MI a visit.

One type of physical and irritating pain is nociceptive pain. This pain is felt first by nociceptors, which detect physical and/or chemical damage to some parts of the body. If a part of the body or tissue is injured, the injury acts as a stimulus that activates nociceptors, which notify the brain through electrical signals about the damage by way of the central nervous system (CNS). These signals are what you experience and are depicted as pain.

What are the Types of Nociceptive Pain?

The physician should be able to determine which type of nociceptive pain you are experiencing after determining the seriousness of the injury. Your role is to explain where you are experiencing the pain. Nociceptive pain can be radicular, somatic, or visceral.

Radicular type of pain occurs in the arms or legs. It results from irritation to the nerve roots. The pain then, through a spinal cord nerve, goes down to the leg or arm. Somatic pain is described as cramping. Activation of pain receptors in bones, joints, or muscles cause localized somatic pain, for example, a headache. Lastly, visceral pain occurs because of injury or inflammation to, for example, the involuntary heart muscles. Aching best describes this type of pain.

How Can Nociceptive Pain Be Managed?

A medical procedure will be required if the pain is intense. If the pain is minor and managing the pain from home doesn’t help, see a medical doctor immediately.

How your pain management will be decided will depend on the cause of the pain and its symptoms. Once your physician determines the intensity and the structures involved in the cause of pain, a pain management procedure will be selected. 

The common types of nociceptive pain include:

a) Arthritis

To manage arthritis, you need to keep your joints moving through daily gentle stretches. This movement will keep your joints in motion as you do the stretches.

Physical therapy through an experienced physical therapist will help in keeping a good posture. The therapist can also help in guiding you on what exercises you can do to avoid stiffness and triggering pain.

Medications can also aid in pain management. Talk with your pain management physician to prescribe proper medications for use. Some of the medications include steroids, Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotics, and analgesic medications.

b) Fibromyalgia 

Unlike the past, where doctors would press the whole body to check how many parts of the body were painful, a fibromyalgia diagnosis is made if you have had widespread pain for three months or more.

Fibromyalgia pain management and treatment involves medical and personal care. Medications include; pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and tramadol (Ultram) available over the counter. Your doctor can also recommend Duloxetine to help in easing pain and fatigue. 

Therapies are helpful in self-care as part of pain management. The most essential is physical and occupational therapy. A physical therapist will teach you the correct exercises to engage in to enhance your flexibility and stamina. While experiencing fibromyalgia, adjustments to your work area are necessary for reducing stress to your body. An occupational therapist can help in this.

Lastly, you can practice self-care by reducing overexertion and emotional stress, getting enough sleep, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy foods, especially those rich in calcium.

In conclusion, nociceptive pain is comprehensive, ranging from tennis elbow to heel pain. Seeing a physician is recommended, but if the pain is manageable through self-care, you should try to practice and do as advised accordingly.

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