Being difficult to treat and having no known cure, chronic neuropathic pain can significantly lower the quality of life of people who suffer from it. Still, thanks to a wide range of medications and treatments available, it’s become easier to keep the discomfort that neuropathy brings under control. In addition to medical treatment, patients tend to seek out other means of dealing with the pain they’re constantly feeling, from entering support groups to practicing different relaxation techniques.
If you have neuropathic pain yourself, here are some things you can do to in order to successfully manage and cope with it on a daily basis.
Keep a Pain Journal
Chronic pain can be the cause of frustration for many of its patients, and a lot of times, they won’t share their troubles with other people due to not being comfortable with opening up. For this reason, a lot of medical experts recommend keeping a pain journal, which presents a safe place for you to talk about your pain and vent your frustrations. People who have chronic neuropathic pain have found that writing down their thoughts and feelings on paper truly helps sometimes, and makes them feel better. Aside from venting, you can write about your pain in details, which can help you recognize the triggers that increase and/or decrease your discomfort.
Meet People Who Are in the Same Situation
Sometimes, simply writing down how we feel might not be enough, which is why patients with chronic neuropathic pain seek out other patients to share their experiences and feelings with. In addition to understanding your situation, your peers are often willing to talk to you about their own coping mechanisms and give you ideas and tips you might not have considered before. Some people even join support groups and meet up with different people who have been through the same pain as them.
Try Practicing Relaxation
Stress is the main enemy of modern-day people, and it’s at the root of a variety of illnesses that ail us nowadays. When it comes to patients with neuropathic pain, stress can not only be the cause of these serious conditions but also intensify the pain they’re feeling. Sadly, while living a stress-free life is all but impossible, learning to relax can help us decrease some of that detrimental, stress-related tension. Practicing different relaxation techniques have proven to be useful both for our physical and mental health, which is why more and more people are using them to lessen the impact of stress on their lives. Relaxation techniques include anything from meditation and listening to peaceful music, to taking warm baths or going for a stroll.
Go to Your Doctor’s Regularly
Unfortunately, sometimes all the coping mechanisms in the world won’t be enough to help you feel less frustrated with your condition and your life. This especially goes for people who’ve had chronic pain for a while now. Because of this, it’s important to maintain regular doctor’s visits and talk to them about new treatments and medications that could ease your discomfort somewhat. Going to your doctor’s on a regular basis can also help in case you find yourself feeling more sad than usual, or even hopeless, which are both signs of depression—something chronic pain patients are susceptible to.
Whether you’re new to chronic pain or you’ve been dealing with it for years now, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Best at the Neuroscience Center.