Age definitely has a role to play in pain management. While on one hand, the tolerance to pain increases with age, on the other hand, the ability to bear pain reduces. Degeneration is a common process which occurs with age and is one of the main causes of pain. In addition to pain medications, other modalities of pain control should be looked at. It is always advisable to carry a couple of painkillers with you, as with age, you will never know when you need them. Having them handy is very essential, especially when you are travelling.
Deep breathing is a good way to control pain.
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It has been proven beyond doubt that deep, controlled breathing is one of the most simple and effective ways to control pain. Shutting oneself in a quiet, calm room or environment definitely helps. Removing the physical disturbances of noise and light soothes the mind and body. This deep breathing, if done for 5 to 10 minutes can help control pain. People with chronic pain should include deep breathing as one of the non-medical ways to control pain. This is extremely helpful and reduces dependency on
Which of these is a non-medical way to manage pain?
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Pain control can be done psychologically too. One of the most effective ways is to divert the attention towards something more pleasant so that you feel happy and forget about the pain. This could include thinking about a pleasant memory from the past (an event, place, or person). Deep breathing and meditation are very commonly useful in chronic pain control.
Which of these are medical ways of managing pain?
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Painkillers are the most commonly used method to get rid of pain. While they are useful in the short term in subsiding pain, they do not treat the root cause. Therefore, they provide more symptomatic relief and should not be used in the long term. They can also cause side effects like acidity, ulcers, and kidney problems. While painkillers seem like a godsent gift for people in excruciating pain, the truth is quite different. Use them judiciously.
Chronic pain control can be mastered emotionally
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While it may sound unbelievable, the emotional component of pain is much stronger and more controllable than the physical one. There are people who have even mastered the art of pain control without resorting to medications. These could include dietary changes to counting to meditation to positive imagery and getting rid of the pain. As the saying goes, mind over matter is extremely relevant in pain control. Get a therapist to help with control of pain without the use of medications.