Chronic Pain

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Most people know what it feels like to have aches and pains, to wake up with a little stiffness or to have a headache now and then. There are those, though, that live with pain as a part of their everyday lives. You may not notice it, but they work with it, play with it and generally have to learn to deal with it.

People who don't have chronic pain often have a hard time understanding those who do. Thanks to increased awareness of chronic pain, chronic pain sufferers can now know that they're not alone and that it's not all in their heads. There are many websites that offer forums that allow people with chronic pain to talk with one another and share hints, tips, triumphs and tragedies. It may not ease their physical pain, but having a place to commiserate and communicate can provide a great relief to people with chronic pain.

Treatment of Chronic Pain

Learning to live with chronic pain also means learning to live with the treatments. While they relieve your pain, over the counter medicines like aspirin can be very hard on your stomach, causing a whole different kind of pain. There are prescription COX-2 inhibitors that don't have the painful side effects, but could have much more dangerous repercussions. In 2004, Vioxx, a COX-2 inhibitor, was recalled because it was linked to heart problems in Vioxx users.

Chronic pain sufferers who wish to avoid medicines, prescription or otherwise, turn to alternative forms of relief. Deep tissue massage can release toxins trapped in your body, which are usually accompanied by pain. Acupuncture is a favorite and many people with chronic pain issues swear by it. One of the most effective pain relief methods is diet change. Simply stepping up to the plate and eating more fruits, vegetables and lean meats can do wonders for pain management. Cutting out salts, sugars and junk food can be a life-altering step, but will be worth it in the long run.

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