Are You Winning the Battle Against Pain?

Are You Winning the Battle Against Pain?
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Whether you have been battling pain only recently or for many years, you and only you know how bad the feeling can be.

That said what are you doing to try and overcome such negativity in your life?

For some people, they all but throw their hands up in the air in despair over time.

Others, however, keep fighting, looking for that pain-free solution that will lead to healthier days and more productive ones at that.

So, stop for a moment and ask yourself, are you winning the battle against pain?

Hit Pain Where It Truly Hurts

So that you can gain the momentum against pain, you need to start with a plan in place.

That plan must encompass trying any and all methods possible to beat pain at its own game.

For instance, if you’ve been disappointed that your family doctor hasn’t brought you relief, have you reached out to a pain specialist?

Whether you opt for Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care or another such facility, be sure to get as much research information on each and every specialist treatment center you can.

Some of the items you want to know include:

  • Longevity – How long has the facility been in business?
  • Success to failure ratio – Does the facility have a track record of helping as many patients as possible overcome (or at least reduce) their levels of pain?
  • Customer service – Would the facility be known as one that has the best interests of its patients in mind at any and all times?

Once you have decided on a treatment facility, the work then turns to getting your pain to go away entirely or at least be reduced to a more manageable level.

For starters, work with a pain specialist you feel comfortable with.

Keep in mind that much of winning the battle against pain has to deal with attitude. If you don’t have a positive attitude, it can prove very difficult to get the upper-hand on pain.

That said having a good one-on-one relationship with a pain specialist can go a long way in helping you go that extra mile when need be. Also remember that the pain you have is in no hurry to go anywhere, so you have to want to make it go away.

Lifestyle Habits Matter

Another important factor to keep in mind is what you do outside of your one-on-one visits with a specialist.

For example, if you are suffering from chronic knee pain, why exactly is that?

Yes, you may have been injured at one time or another in an accident, but what have you done since then to limit the pain?

If you weigh 50-100 pounds more than you should, have little to no exercise on your regular agenda, and you eat like food is going out of style, you are just asking for more problems. In the event stress is contributing to you eating more than you should, be it stress in the workplace and or at home, look to nip that problem in the bud too.

As much as your pain specialist is willing to help you, he or she can’t do it alone.

Make sure you are also doing whatever exercise routines you can at this point and time.

Sure, chronic knee pain is more than likely going to prevent you from running, cycling, going on difficult hikes, but that doesn’t mean you should be essentially a couch potato when not working.

Workout such as regular walking, swimming, even just using a Stairmaster, these are all things you can do in moderation, allowing you to keep your body as fit as possible.

Finally, use your pain treatment appointments as an opportunity to gauge your success from week to week and month to month.

Look to see if you are truly making progress.

If you are, stay on that road and keep fighting. If you are not, look to see if it is the pain treatment facility and/or specialist, you, or perhaps a combination of all of these.

When all is said and done, you want to get the upper-hand on pain, sending it out of your life hopefully for good.