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Pain Managments

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.

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IBS

Managing IBS & Regaining Control In Your Life

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am 41 years old and I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome when I was 27 years old. The diagnosis was accompanied by significant abdominal pain. At first, I was completely despondent and unable to leave the house even when I wasn’t feeling terrible. Over the course of a year, I lost a significant amount of weight and muscle mass. My diet was erratic and my appetite didn’t help. When I finally got tired of being sick and tired I found it difficult to participate in any prolonged physical activity. Most simple activities were uncomfortable at best and at their worst were simply too much to be undertaken.

Solutions

One thing I found that really helped me out was gardening. I could start as slow as I wanted and there was never any rush. If I didn’t feel well I was close to home and I could sit and enjoy the garden even at times that I wasn’t able to physically interact with space around me. Growing vegetables and flowers showed me that I was still capable of producing things even if my pace wasn’t as fast as it had been before I was diagnosed.

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How physical activity helps

From that physical activity, I was able to gain more self-confidence and more stamina. From there I was able to participate in more activities and became more comfortable with spending extended time periods away from home. In many ways having a garden was the most positively transformative experience in my healing. I would not have guessed that gardening could be a true therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but the evidence was in front of me. Since I was producing vegetables, but my system still had difficulty digesting them, I bought a juicer and started making all kinds of concoctions from my daily harvests.

Diet matters

Kale leaves, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli and usually a lemon and an apple to make things sweet, I would make juices that finally let me feel alive again and did not irritate my system. To be able to have these nutritious juices from the vegetables that I had grown myself made me feel prouder than anything else I had accomplished so far. To this day I drink fresh juice 3-4 times daily and still always feel so much more alive when I drink the juice from leafy green vegetables. It also seems to calm my intestines and settle any rumbling that may be happening. I’m awfully glad I was able to find these avenues of dealing with my illness.

It’s a journey

Without some positive outcomes, it would have been such an immense emotional burden that I think I would have been disabled. Far from being disabled though, I was able to land a well paying and flexible job that I’ve held on to for the last 12 years. I have succeeded in many areas that I thought would be closed off to me and recently ended up taking up archery and spending extended periods outdoors. I thought those kinds of activities were closed to me after my diagnosis but it turns out that with practice and the right attitude, Irritable Bowel Syndrome doesn’t have to sequester you in your home or keep you from doing the things you want to do. Sure, there may be times it gets in the way of you fully enjoying yourself but just because it gets in the way one afternoon doesn’t mean that you have to let it get in the way of your activities every afternoon.

Exercise is key

Get some exercise. Get some new thoughts in your head. Practice going outside and practice enjoying things and thinking of something besides your illness. Acting healthy is one of the biggest pieces of being healthy and if you can get yourself to do more healthy things every day that you are going to be more healthy every day. That’s just the way things work and you have to just go do what you can when you can. You won’t always be able to, but don’t let that get you down. There’s always tomorrow and you just have to keep getting up and trying again. You will succeed and just as with all things all you really need to do is practice and let yourself succeed at the goals you set for yourself.