Although everyone’s experience of living with persistent pain is different, there are many common factors. Pain impacts us physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially. It can affect:
• our strength and fitness
• the ability to complete our usual activities at home or work
• our mental health
• social connections
• our relationships with family, friends and workmates.
Fear of pain and further injury can affect the way we normally do things. Concerns about making things worse can affect the way we move and can make us less active. This can lead to you becoming ‘deconditioned’ or ‘out of shape’. It can also increase the chance that pain will continue to persist.
So, it’s not surprising that sometimes the pain and your emotions can get on top of you. But there are many things you can do and many resources available to help you get back on track
Injury is the most common cause of chronic pain around 38 percent, a further third of all people who experience chronic pain are unable to identify the original cause. Other identified causes include arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions, headache, cancer-related pain, post-surgical persistent pain and non-specific lower back pain.
If you have acute pain, it's important to have it assessed as soon as possible. Early assessment and intervention are important in preventing the progression from acute to chronic pain.
Everyone experience with pain is different and treatments for symptoms will often vary and include a multi-layered approach that can include prescription and non-prescription medications, non-medicinal therapies and referral back to your GP or other allied health professionals.
Chempro Chemists offer complimentary pain assessments – so if you feel the need to discuss any of your pain medications, or to have a brief chat about what else can be available to treat your pain, call in to a Chempro Chemist today and speak to your knowledgeable pharmacist.
*General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.
Always check with your pharmacist or medical professional before starting any new medications or supplements, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking any medications currently, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or researching therapies suitable for infants or children.