According to the British Pain Society, almost 10 million Britons suffer chronic pain on a daily basis, which not only has a major impact on their quality of life, but it can leave them constantly searching for a pain management plan that will get them back on their feet, and provide the long-term relief that they so desperately need.
When suffering with chronic pain, it can be tempting to self-diagnose and purchase painkillers from a registered pharmacy to ease the symptoms, but whether your pain is the result of an accident, an injury, surgery, or a long-term illness, it is important that your condition is diagnosed by a doctor before implementing any kind of pain management plan.
The Three P’s of Pain Management
Unfortunately, we all experience pain differently and so there is no set pain management plan that works for everyone. Most medical professional divide treatment plans into three categories, which include pharmacological (i.e. pain relief medicines), psychological (mental and emotional therapies), and physical treatments such as physiotherapy.
Pharmacological Pain Management
One of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing chronic pain is with powerful opiate (or opioid) pain relief medicines. Broken down into two categories, weak opiates such as Codeine and Dihydrocodeine, and strong opiates such as Morphine and Tramadol, these painkillers are only available with a prescription from a medical professional, and as with all medicines, they do come with a list of side effects that patients may or may not experience when taking them.
The greatest risk with pharmacological pain management for chronic conditions is painkiller addiction, and so it is crucial that this type of treatment plan is supervised by a doctor.