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Many people with scleroderma suffer from chronic pain. In order to maintain an acceptable quality of life it is important to learn how to manage the pain.
You need to acknowledge to yourself and to others that you are in pain and that you need help managing it. There's no shame in this and admitting it doesn't mean you're weak or a complainer. It means you've taken the first step towards finding ways to manage it.
Pain relievers and prescription drugs are a common treatment for pain and in some cases necessary in order to get some level of relief but managing pain long term requires lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, improving your sleep patterns and working with physical therapists.
If you suffer from chronic pain, please see your doctor and/or a pain management specialist. They will work with you to find the source of your pain and ways to manage it. It may take a while, but when you suffer from chronic pain, you already know there's no quick, easy remedy and that any relief is welcome relief.
Pain can be an acute pain that comes on suddenly and goes away quickly. Pain can also be a chronic pain that comes on slowly and persists for months and even years. Many people with scleroderma suffer from chronic pain; therefore, in order to maintain an acceptable quality of life it is important to learn how to manage the pain.
Pain relievers and prescription drugs are a common treatment for pain, and, in some cases, necessary in order to get some level of relief. However, managing pain goes beyond medication. Managing pain requires lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, learning how to relax, improving your sleep patterns, eating better, working with physical therapists, and getting more exercise.
If you suffer from chronic pain, please see your primary care physician and a pain management specialist. They will work with you to find the source of your pain and ways to manage it. It may take a while, but when you suffer from chronic pain, you already know that any relief is welcome relief.
Pain Perspective in Scleroderma. The role of the nurse practitioner/physician assistant is integral in assessing the various components of disability and pain experienced by the scleroderma patient. Susan L. Williams Judge, MN, ARNP. The Rheumatologist, July 2011. (Also see: Physician/Patient Relations)
Video: Yoga for Scleroderma. Scleroderma is a disease that affects the cardiovascular and the pulmonary systems. Learn about yoga for scleroderma with help from a certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor in this free video clip. eHow.
Prescription Painkiller Addiction: 7 Myths. Where is the line between appropriate use and addiction to prescription pain medicines? And how can patients stay on the right side of that line, without suffering needlessly? WebMD.
In pain? Try meditation You don't have to be a Buddhist monk to experience the health benefits of meditation. According to a new study, even a brief crash course in meditative techniques can sharply reduce a person's sensitivity to pain. Ann Harding, CNN Health, April 5, 2011.
Pain Management Guide. Day-to-day life can be a battle when you've got chronic pain. With these tips, the good days will outnumber the bad days—and quality of life will win. WebMD.
Pain Management: Living with Chronic Pain. The ideal treatment for chronic pain is a comprehensive approach that addresses a person's physical, emotional, and cognitive needs. Successful treatment requires choosing a life-long plan of wellness that may include physician services, physical therapy, psychological counseling and occupational theraphy. WebMD.
The feet and scleroderma. Systemic sclerosis (systemic scleroderma) can affect the feet in many ways including the circulation, nails and skin. Scleroderma Society UK.
Pet Therapy: Huggable Healthcare Workers. "The dog can be a distraction to the pain that a patient feels, and also to the rigor or the monotony of the therapy. It provides comfort for those who respond to animals. It also is a method to improve movement, to improve speech, and cognitive functioning. Discovery Health.
Pet Therapy. Studies have shown that physical contact with a pet can lower high blood pressure, and improve survival rates for heart attack victims. There is also evidence that petting an animal can cause endorphins to be released. Endorphins are chemicals in the body that suppress the pain response. HealthLine.
Research on Pain
Ultrasound finds source of pain. “Our new ultrasound system produces a much higher resolution image,” he said. “Therefore, we can get a clearer image of what's causing the pain, isolate the location, and pinpoint any injections so the treatment is even more effective.” BDN Connection. Beloit Daily News. 06/06/2011.
Betty M: CREST SyndromeI was in so much pain for so long that I tried to take my own life. This only ended me up in a mental institution where I was given shock treatments that wiped out my whole memory...
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