Are you experiencing pain that’s giving you problems in your daily life?
1. You’re trying to tough it out. One in four pain sufferers waits at least six months before seeing a doctor.
2. You’ve seen multiple specialists. In our fragmented health care system, with a specialist for every aliment, it’s easy to jump from one doctor to the next.
3. You’re afraid to exercise. It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re hurting, but studies show that exercise reduces all kinds of pain.
4. Your first instinct is surgery. Surgery may feel like the most efficient option, but for chronic pain, the research is mixed.
5. You’re wary of narcotics. The news is filled with stories about unintentional deaths from pain medications or celebrities who became hooked on them.
6. You haven’t tried natural remedies. If you can’t take pain medications because of side effects or are looking to enhance their effects, consider alternative treatments.
7. You don’t discuss depression. About 54 percent of people with chronic back pain suffer from depression.
8. You don’t do your own research. A little digging on your own behalf may open you up to new treatment options, help you ask more pointed questions, and improve your sense of control over your care.
See the article “Eight Mistakes That Make Pain Worse” for information on how to look at these options, including alternative medicine possibilities.