4 Ways Anyone Can Handle Chronic Pain And Live A Happier Life

4 Ways Anyone Can Handle Chronic Pain And Live A Happier Life

Chronic pain is a serious health problem that should be a priority for everyone.

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Chronic pain, whether due to arthritis, old age or other underlying health concerns, is a serious problem that should be a priority for everyone. This condition is a common health concern, and in the United States alone, there are more than 116 million individuals who suffer from the problem. In fact, this number is bigger than the number of individuals who suffer from other serious health concerns like heart-related conditions, diabetes and cancer combined.

Unfortunately, not everyone pays the right attention to chronic pain, and too many patients simply rely on prescription drugs to put an end to chronic pain. If you are suffering from the same problems, keep in mind that there are other tested approaches on how you can handle chronic pain and live a happier life.

1. Don’t rely on prescription medicine alone

Prescription medications have their own benefits, and many patients have relied on these to ease the pain. While these are helpful, it's important that you should go slow on these options when it comes to treating chronic pain. The problem with these pills is that it can be addictive which can prove to be a problem in the long run.

This doesn't mean that you should not use these pills to treat chronic pain. As a matter of principle, it's best that you properly manage its use, and make sure that it's not the only solution used.

2. Eat the right kind of food

Sometimes, the food that you eat can help you put an end to chronic pain, or at least reduce the inflammation. According to health experts, it's best that you prepare a diet that revolves around red radishes, purple cabbages and dark-green vegetables since these are rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin C.

You can also include kale, cauliflower and broccoli in your shopping basket. And according to one study, eating berries on a daily basis can also help reduce the inflammation.

Going the natural way to relieve arthritis pain is a great option since it's safe and even provide your body with the necessary vitamins that it deserves.

3. Find a specialist who can help you

It is also important that you work with a healthcare specialist who can provide you with precise answers and solutions to your problem. A specialist can offer a complete analysis of your health problem and offer specific solutions.

It's easier to relieve arthritis pain when you a specialist works for you, and this professional has the experience and a network that can he can easily tap. Keep in mind that not all doctors and pain specialists provide the same services.

For best results, you should always work with a specialist who is board-certified when it comes to pain management.

4. Always manage your expectations

Keep in mind that the main objective of pain management procedures today is to manage or simply reduce the pain. The emphasis here is to manage — which means that health professionals will try to exhaust all means to reduce the pain — and not necessarily remove it in an instant.

There's a chance that the health professional may be able or may not solve your chronic pain, but they can always help control the severity of the pain. If you decide to work with a competent specialist, they will be able to explain to you the nature of the pain, and the main reason why the chronic pain will take time to subside.

This principle is actually true for other health concerns like heart-related conditions. By handling your expectations, it's easier for you to receive the treatment and live a healthier life.

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  4. Looking through old pictures
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  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
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  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
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  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
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  17. And it’s on sale
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  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
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  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
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  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
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  35. Summertime cookouts
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  43. The smell of popcorn
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  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
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Hi. I'm the girl who has seizures.

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I'm terrified of being at concerts with strobe lights and blaring music. To the average person, that might sound dumb, but for me, it's a reality. I have to be so careful when it comes to flashing or bright lights. It can set a seizure off.

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I'm terrified of waking up one day to find out I had a seizure while I was sleeping, and now I'm completely confused by everything. That might not make sense, but you can't necessarily tell if you're having a seizure if you're sleeping. That is the scary part. Think about it. It is scary enough having a seizure while you are conscious, now imagine having one you don't even know happened. Scary, right?

Seizures are definitely terrifying, and the thought of having one at any time is even scarier. It's even scarier risking the life of someone else solely because you want to do something you are not supposed to. I want to drive, but due to my seizures - I shouldn't. I think about driving frequently, but it isn't worth the life of someone else.

I'm the girl who has seizures, and I'm terrified to do things because of it. I am constantly on edge about things even if I don't show it. I'm constantly hoping I don't have a seizure if I do this or that. I'm always on edge about previous events with my seizures. I think about them a lot. However, I'm thankful. Its been three and a half years since my last one. That's a big milestone.

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