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Pain relief: What you need to know

by Nyucel Wellness on September 19, 2021


Pain is an unpleasant feeling of physical discomfort and emotional distress. It affects the way you feel overall. Severe pain can also lead to mental conditions such as anxiety and depression. Your doctor can let you know about your overall health from the amount of pain that you experience.

Acute pain occurs suddenly and lasts for few hours to few weeks while chronic pain is ongoing. According to CDC, when pain lasts for more than three months, it is considered chronic.

Pain relief methods can depend on on-at-home treatment, such as applying pain relief ointment, spray, or oil to prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines. It can even lead to invasive procedures, like surgery.

Types of pain

There are two main types of pain.

Nociceptive pain: It is a nervous system reflex that helps you to protect your body. For example, it makes your body pull from a dangerous place, or it may pull your hand off the hot stove so that you don't get hurt. For example, pain from a sprained elbow forced you to rest, giving time to heal.

Neuropathic pain: It is different from nociceptive pain as it has no known benefits. It may result from nerve damage, or your brain may misread the nerves or spinal cord signals as pain.

Examples of neuropathic pain include:

  • Postherpetic neuralgia: It is a painful condition that affects your nerves and skin
  • Diabetic neuropathy: It is a type of nerve damage caused by long-term high blood sugar levels.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: It is the compression of median nerves present in the hands.
You first need to get the source of your pain to get effective pain relief.

How to treat pain

Treating pains are as diverse as their causes. There are many other approaches, from topical pain relief oil to over-the-counter prescription drugs to acupuncture. But when it comes to treating chronic pain, no one can guarantee a single technique to get complete pain relief. Instead, one can get relief by using the combination of the different treatment options listed below.

OTC painkillers

OTC pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are available to get from the market without a doctor's prescription. NSAIDs and acetaminophen relieve pain related to inflammation and are helpful for conditions like:

  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Muscle pain
  • menstrual pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains and other minor injuries
Common NSAIDs include:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

Prescription medications

You can not get any stronger pain relievers without a prescription, like diclofenac (Voltaren), opioid, etc. For example, Voltaren is available only with a doctor's prescription and is super effective for treating inflammation-related pain. However, these prescribed drugs are also known for their addictiveness. Therefore, you can take these drugs only as per the doctor's advice.

Physical therapy

Sometimes, physical therapy is effective in treating chronic pain. Experts usually prefer physical therapy over prescription pain pills. That's because it reduces chronic pain without any side effects or addiction.

It can help in some painful conditions such as:
  • arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • postsurgical pain
  • nerve pain

Physical Exercise

Although resting for a short span may alleviate pain, too much rest can make the pain worse and put you at a greater risk of getting an injury. On the other hand, research has stated that regular exercise can reduce pain in the long run and make your body, bones, muscles strong and flexible.

Exercise may also cause a release of the body's natural painkillers, called endorphins. You can do exercises such as swimming, biking, walking, rowing, and yoga.

Lifestyle changes

Pain affects every aspect of your life. It makes challenges on every action you do. That's because of your physical discomfort and emotional health— increasing your stress level, lack of sleep, and improper diet.

Therefore, several lifestyle changes can help you in managing pain. The two starting points are managing your healthy eating habit and maintaining a healthy weight. The third point is managing your stress level. Finally, you need to balance your work-life relationship, eliminate negative thinking, start with a short morning walk with your loved ones, start with exercises like breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, etc.

You also need to stay physically active through exercises such as aerobics, cardio, etc., safely and without hurting yourself.

At last, try to get the proper amount of sleep because sleep boosts your energy level and mood and helps you cope with your pain.

When to see a doctor?

Make sure to make an appointment with your doctor if your pain:

  • hasn't gone away after 12-14 days
  • is causing you stress, anxiety, or depression
  • is not letting you sleep or relax
  • pulls you back from exercising or participating in your normal day-to-day activities
  • hasn't improved with any of the at-home treatments you've tried
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