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When pain is constant, every single day, leading a normal life can be extremely difficult. Estimates say that more than 50 million Americans have their daily lives affected by chronic pain. Chronic pain can come from dealing with conditions such as cancer, nerve damage, headaches, neck pain, tunnel syndrome, sciatica, shingles, phantom limb pain, physical injury or arthritis. A disease that is just beginning to make its way into the common vocabulary is fibromyalgia, when a person has long-term pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.
The first step in dealing with chronic pain is to find a doctor who can correctly diagnose the cause of your pain, and work with you to increase your quality of life. Doctors who specialize in pain management, like me, have decided to focus our careers on helping people deal with chronic pain.
Treatment for chronic pain is as unique as each person. Therapies such as exercise, massage, interventions and medication are all part of a person’s treatment plan. Some ways to deal with chronic pain at home include relaxation techniques such as mediation or yoga, or distraction techniques such as visual imagery or watching a movie.
If you suspect you’re dealing with chronic pain, or just want to learn more, visit the Westfields Hospital Pain Management Web page.