Chronic Pain – An Introduction
This video is one of a series designed to help those with chronic pain that has been fully medically investigated. The videos cover a series of topics and aim to help those with long term pain gain a better understanding of the pain itself. They also provide help in dealing successfully with the effects of chronic pain, such as poor sleep, stress, lowered activity and flare ups.
Understanding Chronic Pain
Why do we need to understand pain?
- What we understand we can manage
- We all think we know what pain is
- All pain is not the same
- There are two parts:
- Part 1 – what is pain and how it arises
- Part 2 – what is chronic pain and can it be managed?
Chronic Pain and Flare-ups
This is not necessarily a sign that things are worsening and you will find they do settle. Sometimes we can identify a reason for a flare-up and there are things you can do to reduce how often they occur and how long they may last.
Chronic Pain and Activity
Simple, everyday activities like walking, swimming, gardening and dancing can ease some of the pain directly by blocking pain signals to the brain.
Activity also helps lessen pain by stretching stiff and tense muscles, ligaments and joints.
Try to be active every day instead of only on the good days when you’re not in so much pain. This may reduce the number of bad days you have and help you feel more in control. Try to avoid overdoing it on good days to avoid payback and increasing bad days.