Osteoarthritis can cause continual pain with break-out pain also occurring at the most unexpected times.
What does this mean?
It means that the affected joints are always causing pain because that is the nature of the disease, with additional pain coming from flare-ups (or break-out pain) in pain caused by any number of factors. For me I often try to push the boundaries and my flare-ups are caused by things like:
- pushing past known levels of discomfort
- changing direction to one that I know will cause pain (stupid huh)
- staying in one position too long
There are many and varied techniques for the treatment of chronic pain, including:
- Ice packs
- Heat packs
- Behaviourial modification
- TENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Deep Muscle Relaxation
How bad is bad?
Isn’t this the silliest type of discussion? NO, it is not because it is extremely difficult for someone who has chronic pain to relate to others how bad the pain is, very difficult indeed.
When sitting in the armchair watching television many of your joints can be aching, quite often to the point where it is too difficult to stay in this position. But, whilst that is bad there is far worse scenarios for the pain issue to cause such pain that it is unbearable.
I know that recently I was in severe pain, rocking back and forward trying to ease the pain and even though I am taking painkillers and other treatments this pain is still hitting me this hard. At this time there is not much scope for thinking until the pain becomes so bad that you just want it to end, and you would do almost anything to achieve that result.
Once the pain had subsided on this occasion my partner who had sat there not knowing what to do and feeling utterly helpless asked me if I could describe the pain and how it felt.
My answer shocked even me, it was:
I was thinking that if I could peel back my skin and muscles to get to the bones and then get a massage it would help tremendously.
Now that is bad, and answers the question: How bad is bad?
Pain relief for severe pain
Obviously trying to work out a pain management strategy to assist with resolving and obtaining a level of pain relief for severe pain is becoming the most important issue I have to get onto, or is it?
Well, if you listen to the medical fraternity it is, and until I can get myself onto a better solution I must agree.
And in the immediate term I need to get on top of the pain, so my pain relief strategy must become a priority.
One of the things I am going to be doing is to keep a journal over the next ten days to assist my doctor in working out a pain management plan.
My pain relief strategy at the moment is 300 mg Tramadol Slow release taken at 100 mg in the morning and 200 mg at night.