3 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Your Pain
Living with arthritis - or any kind of constant pain - can be eye-opening.
You realize the small movements you took for granted and can’t believe how much your arthritis pain can affect your daily life. We know that the pain is something we can’t avoid, but what if there’s a better way to manage the pain? Since pain is such an abstract thing, it’s not always easy to talk about. But even with that in mind, there may be some things your doctor isn’t telling you about pain. Not because they want to withhold information, but simply because there are not things that regularly come up in conversation.
These are the 3 things your doctor won’t tell you about your pain.
1. Regular movements help alleviate pain.
It may seem counterintuitive, but motion keeps your muscles strong. This is where movement therapy comes in. This doesn’t have to involve rigorous exercise or heavy weight lifting. A simple swim around a pool, a light yoga class, or doing tai chi can really benefit someone experiencing pain. Movement is a great supplement to pain medications and can even eliminate the need for it the more you move. Using compression gear while you move can also alleviate pain and make movement easier. Understand that it will take dedication and consistency to start feeling a difference, but minimizing your everyday pains will be worth it.
2. Medication can cause severe constipation.
You might already know that prescribing medication for pain might be your doctor’s initial decision. And even though it might help you feel better in the short term, pain medications can cause more damage to your body in the long term. Heavy painkillers, like opioids, are known to cause constipation. This tends to be used for those recovering from surgeries or to manage chronic pain. Before you take any heavy pain killers, be sure to ask your doctor about possible side effects and if there are any other alternatives to help minimize those side effects.
3. Magnetic therapy can help!
If you haven’t heard about it yet, magnetic therapy is an effective way to manage and minimize pain. This holistic method can help with natural pain relief from several aches, including arthritis, migraines, and back pain. By using a magnet to affect ion channels, pain signals are blocked or reduced, which in turn can prevent you from feeling discomfort. Of course, this treatment isn’t best for everyone. If you’re using an insulin pump or other electrical device, you don’t want to use any type of magnetic therapy. Earth Therapy has a wide selection of magnetic therapy bracelets to help you get started with the benefits of magnetic therapy!
Although pain can be seen as a mental thing, it’s difficult to ignore it once you feel it. When you integrate all of these bits of knowledge into your regular day, you’ll find that managing your pain can be easy to do on your own and easier to talk about with your doctor.
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