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Tired of being in pain and have nothing to do about it?

People around the world are experiencing more and more pain

As we age and limit our physical activity, our bodies tend to tighten up and become painful when used. Pain management is a growing industry as more and more people experience pain. Pain management used to really be a thing for chronic pain, which is the persistence of pain for longer than a normal healing period. Typically chronic pain last for a minimum of three months and in some cases become debilitating. Chronic pain is usually associated with an underlying medical condition such as arthritis. Among the Australian community, one in every five Australians are living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is one of Australia’s most common reasons for people visiting the doctor. The more common types of chronic pain are back pain, joint pains and headaches. Chronic pain has been seen to affect people among all age groups but it is particularly common among people aged 65 and older, occurring at a rate of one on every three people among that age group. Chronic pain is disturbing in a sense it can interfere with the day to day task that a person must perform to get by throughout the day, such things as simple as walking.

The more people experience chronic pain and seek treatment, the more we learn about how to manage and treat pain in general

Chronic pain does not always have a cure; therefore it is important that the pain is managed to give the best quality of life. Due to the chronic pain issue in Australia, it cost about 73.2 million of a financial burden. This financial burden includes attributes such as loss of productivity, informal health care and direct cost to the health care system. Among the Australian natives living with chronic pain, about 56 percent of them state that they have daily life restrictions and of those people 70 percent of them were of the working age group. The vital part with living with chronic paint is managing the pain. Typically, the pain is managed with prescription drugs.

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These prescription drugs have created an opioid crisis in Australia

It has been easier for general practitioners to prescribe an opioid to manage pain as people are in agreement with this option and it is very easy to prescribe. In efforts to try and cut down on the over prescribing and overuse of opioid drugs to treat pain commissioners are considering implementing a pain management program that would better train general practitioners on treating pain and how to effectively manage it. It is estimated that it will cost about 45 million dollars to implement such a program and train but it is thought that it would save around 200 million in the cost associated with overdoses. With people experiencing pain and attempting to manage the pain through the use of opioids, the prognosis is not promising as opioids are very additive. Opioids are generally supposed to be prescribed in extreme cases to manage pain but we are seeing that opioids are being prescribed to people with mild pain cases. This greatly increases the chance of a person experiencing an overdose.

Currently Australia has a significant rate of overdose deaths due to the overprescribing of opioids to manage pain

The cause of these deaths are heavily related to the prescription opioid overuse. Opioid addiction and overuse is something that continues to increase among all age groups but especially the younger adults. With this in mind, Australia is hoping to implement three projects in a four year timeframe that would target consumer awareness and education for people on effectively managing their pain. To help with pain management, people must also consider the physical activity approach. If people are constantly lying in bed and not being mobile, then they will not see an improvement with their pain even if prescription drugs are used. Along with the education and awareness approach, people must understand the benefits of staying active outside of over the counter drugs to manage their pain. The pain management industry has created a dependency among people on prescription opioids; with a different medical approach, officials are wondering if they can change the additive minds to a better way of preventing pain.

Dr. Mark Reed

Physician at Arizona hospital
Dr. Mark Reed had always loved friends Arizona with its pretty, precious people. It was a place where he felt proud to be a member of the community. He was a compassionate, healthy, athlete with thin arms and long legs in high school. His friends saw him as an enthusiastic, delightful student. Once, he had even helped a sneezing old woman cross the road near the market. That's the sort of man he is. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Mark walked over to the window and reflected on people and his surroundings. The sun shone on his career and he embraced his new life of helping others. After a talk as a guest speaker at Stanford one year, he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure just like a young version of Dr. Mark Reed. This was a caring student with tired arms and a frail hand. Dr. Mark saw it as an opportunity to reach out and become a mentor. He was not prepared to see a version of himself during his speaking appearance at a local college. As Dr. Mark stepped outside and the young med student came closer, he could see the wet glint in his eye. Dr. Mark gazed with the affection of a father. He offered to help him when it came time to do his internship. That is the kind of caring person Dr. Mark has become known as. Dr. Mark always does kind things for patients such as warming the stethoscope. The people Dr. Mark has helped at the Arizona hospital where his work has made him a pillar of the community. Dr. Mark regards his patients' tired limbs with care and always has a way of making them feel comfortable. After graduating from Arizona State University Dr. Mark went on to Harvard before taking a residency at Johns Hopkins University. After several years, he eventually announced he had been accepted at a prestigious Arizona Hospital. Dr. Mark focuses on being ethical, his emotions are always in check, and he is determined to serve his patients to the best of his ability.
Dr. Mark Reed

7 replies on “Tired of being in pain and have nothing to do about it?”

Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s. It is a difficult diagnosis, and I do not exhibit all symptoms. But, besides significant tremors, I deal with constant chronic pain. Everywhere! I have adjusted some over the years, but still have issues with being unable to sleep due to pain.

I have chronic low level pain in my ankles and feet. I try not to take too many medications for it, and certainly do not want to risk addiction to any opiods! I have tried using turmeric/curcumin but i think i need to take it 3 times a day, and i keep forgetting the 3rd dose. I must say that Aleve, or the generic form of Aleve seems to work best for the pain and inflammation.

My chronic pain has been with me for a very long time. I use a variety of medications to help control it, but often flare-ups cannot ever be controlled in a manageable way. This has led me to missing many days of work, school, and precious time with my family.

I have a two issues, a genetic disorder called Charcot-Marie Tooth Disorder and Sjogren’s Syndrome and both affect your nerve fibers and I am in constant pain. My nerves cause constant numbness and tinglings and extreme pain. I have been through over a dozen medications that are designed to treat nerve pain and I ended up taking so many dilaudid and oxycontin that I lost days and had major confusion and mood swings. I stopped taking everything and I am trying to learn to live with the chronic pain.

Dealing with chronic pain is exhausting. The sleepless nights, the side effects from the myriad treatments you try–and just getting through the day. It takes its toll and you and your family. I try to keep my hopes up, be kind to myself, do everything I can to feel the best that I can until I truly recover. It’s a full time job living with chronic pain.

As far back as I can remember I have suffered from chronic carpal tunnel pain. I has been a lot of me to handle this pain but learning as I go has been my savior. Heating blankets and warm baths have helped in so many way.

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