When chronic pain becomes too much
People can go a long time ignoring their pain conditions thinking it will get better by itself eventually. However, with most degenerative inflammatory joint conditions, they will only get worse without proper treatment.
There is no need for you to grit your teeth and soldier on with a painful condition such as arthritis, bursitis, gout or an undiagnosed auto-immune disease. You can get the help and support you need from Dr Bhadauria and his team.
Once your condition has been expertly diagnosed, you can have pain-relieving treatments to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Treatments can include steroid joint injections, oral pain-killing medication or a combination of medication and lifestyle changes to help you manage your condition going into the future.
What is chronic back pain?
Chronic back pain can range in intensity from an uncomfortable, constant dull ache to sharp, frequent shooting pains. It can be brought on by a sudden injury, or can develop over time as we age caused by weakening muscles that support the spine or bone deterioration.
You can have acute back pain which is short-term and lasts from a few days to a few weeks and then subsides. Chronic back pain, however, is defined as pain felt in the back that continues for 12 weeks or longer. It is important to consult a specialist to discover the cause and treat the symptoms.
How to live with chronic pain
You can get help for living with chronic pain by using prescribed medications and treatments designed to relieve pain and inflammation. Treatments can include analgesics such as acetaminophen and aspirin, or steroid joint injections to help relieve pain and inflammation of painful joints.
Your doctor may recommend using strong non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which can be prescribed, or standard NSAIDs such as ibuprofen that can be purchased over the counter.
What is the best pain medication for chronic pain?
The best pain-killing medication to treat your chronic pain condition will be the one that is best for your individual needs. There is no one-size-fits-all pain medication for all chronic pain as symptoms can vary between individuals.
It is generally safe to use over-the-counter pain-killing medication to help reduce your pain so you can manage your day to day activities. However, you need to be careful not to overuse them or rely on them as your only source of treatment.
It can help to have a consultation and assessment with Dr Bhadauria to help find the cause of your chronic pain and receive the most appropriate treatment to suit your indvidual needs.
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain
Acute pain can be caused by a sudden injury or a specific disease, but it is self-limiting and will usually get better within a few days to a few weeks.
Chronic pain is often diagnosed and considered to be a disease state. Chronic pain symptoms will outlast those of an acute pain experience, and will often be an ongoing condition that requires long-term management and care.
In most cases, chronic pain conditions will be treated with a multidisciplinary approach involving a combination of pain medication or treatments along with physical therapy, diet and lifestyle management.