Treatments for General Pain
There are many options when it comes to treatments for general pain, and which treatment will work best depends on the specific underlying cause or condition. Oral and topical medications can be quite effective in treating general pain caused by certain conditions, while counseling or physical therapy might be more effective for other conditions. Still, others may require nerve blocks or superficial muscle injections of steroids and pain medication to reduce general pain and inflammation.
Acupuncture and Biofeedback for Treating General Pain
Acupuncture, an ancient healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a noninvasive technique that can be quite effective at treating general pain. This practice involves stimulating specific points on the body with extremely fine, sterile needles to promote the natural healing process. Acupuncture can be a beneficial component of treatment for general pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and arthritis.
Biofeedback, another noninvasive technique, involves electrical sensors that provide feedback about the body’s functions, such as heart rate, temperature, sweating and blood pressure. Individuals can use this information to learn to make subtle changes in their body functions, thereby improving their overall health. Biofeedback can teach you to relax certain muscles, for example, to reduce chronic pain. Biofeedback can be an essential component of treating general pain from stress, fibromyalgia, and certain other conditions.
Treating Pain Due to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
General pain stemming from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can be addressed medically in a variety of ways that are often most effective when used in combination. Both conditions benefit from counseling, as it is believed that the chronic pain of fibromyalgia and CFS has an emotional component, perhaps related to stress or anxiety. Thus, managing these emotional conditions is an important part of managing the general and ongoing pain that can come with these conditions. Similarly, antidepressants can be quite effective in treating fibromyalgia or CFS pain.
Pain medications like acetaminophen, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and opioids can temporarily reduce general pain due to fibromyalgia or CFS, but these drugs should not be used long-term due to possible adverse side effects. Nerve blocks can also be effective treatments for general pain from fibromyalgia or CFS.
Treating General Pain Due to Arthritic Conditions
General pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis can be treated with NSAIDs, DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) or other medications that reduce pain and inflammation. General pain from arthritis can also be successfully treated with epidural steroid injections, exercises, and physical therapy. Weight management can be important in treating general arthritis pain since being overweight places more pressure on joints throughout the body, thereby increasing the pain a person experiences.
Treatments for General Pain Due to Neuropathy and Nerve Damage
Neuropathy, or nerve pain resulting from abnormal nerve functioning, can cause debilitating chronic pain. Shingles, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, ruptured spinal discs and injuries can all lead to nerve damage and general, chronic pain due to neuropathy. Treatment of general pain due to neuropathy might involve pain medication, antidepressants or skin patches that provide temporary, localized pain relief. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation can also be quite effective at treating general pain due to neuropathy or nerve damage.
Whatever the reason for your general or chronic pain, the caring experts at Balcones Pain Consultants will listen compassionately to your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan.
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