Notes About Creating a Pain Management Plan ~ From an Excellent Resource for Those Living with Chronic Pain

When it comes to pain management there is a lot of confusing information “out there” these days. Along with that comes, unfortunately, much negative and oft-times misleading propaganda around the medicines many of us with Chronic Pain rely upon. Having Chronic Pain 

is a hard row right about now…

As if it’s ever been otherwise but,

but,

but.

In respect to the medicines we need, specifically pain medications, imagine a diabetic being told that insulin was a “questionable” medication and then making it extremely challenging to get (while still holding your head up. There’s a lot of judgement, shame and fear to go along with all of this).  For many of us with Chronic Pain this is all, frighteningly and sadly, the exact position we find ourselves in at the moment.

But there are wonderful resources available! And too, organizations working on our behalf. This is all very reassuring to know, especially when such groups hold some serious clout, as does The American Cancer Society. You do not necessarily need to have cancer to benefit from their fine pain resources, work and research, including several really excellent articles on pain management and pain medication.

A Pain Control Plan That Works:

The Following are from The American Cancer Society and Address Pain Medication Management Specifically:

  • “If you’re taking pain medicine on a regular schedule (around the clock) to help control chronic pain, take it when it’s time to take it – even if you’re not having pain.
  • Do not skip doses of your scheduled medicine. The more pain you have, the harder it is to control.
  • Use your short-acting breakthrough pain medicine as instructed.
  • Don’t wait for the pain to get worse – if you do, it can be harder to control
  • Be sure only one doctor prescribes your pain medicine. If another doctor changes your medicine, the two doctors should discuss your treatment with each other.
  • Don’t run out of pain medicine, i.e. plan ahead – Remember that prescriptions are needed for almost all pain medicines. They can’t be called in and drugstores don’t always have them in stock. It can take a few days to get the medicine, so give yourself time for delays.
  • Store (and dispose of) pain medicines safely away from children, pets, and others who might take them.
  • Never take someone else’s medicine. Medicines that helped a friend or relative may not be right for you.
  • Do not use old pain medicine or medicine left over from other problems. Drugs that worked for you in the past may not be right for you now”.

Author: ChronicPainDailyReflections

I manage a web-site, Chronic Pain Daily Reflections.com, created for and in support of those living in chronic pain. The site helps with the day-to-day spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of those with constant pain, whatever its source.