Pain is an important reaction of our nervous system, when an injury occurs, pain signals our body and it would travel up to our spinal cord and to our brain.
Chronic pain can interfere with our daily life. It is different from typical pain. The body continues to signal pain to our brain, even after an injury heals. It can even persist months up to years.
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 1.5 billion people around the world have chronic pain.
There are several types of medications available: Over the counter pain relievers, Opioids, antidepressants, and anti-convulsant.
Opioids are prescribed by doctors to treat pain, but when taken longer, they can have devastating effects. Many people died every year because of overdoses.
Here are some safer remedies to ease pain:
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Topical pain reliever
This is safer than oral anti-inflammatory products. We can only apply this on our skin so there’s no irritation of intestinal tract. Topical pain reliever can be in the form of gels, sprays or roll-on lotions, heat and cool packs.
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Alternate hot and cold compress
Start by applying heat to affected area to help blood circulation and to relax the muscle, afterwards, apply cold compress or cooling gel. Cold can constrict the blood vessels and blocks nerve impulses. Continue doing this until the pain stops.
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Heather Wallace from charity Pain Concern said:
“Many people dread going to bed as that’s when the pain is worst,”
“Sleep deprivation can worsen pain. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at a regular time. If sleep problems persist, see your GP.”
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Pharmacist Sultan Dajani, adviser to CBD oil manufacturer DragonflyCBD explained:
“CBD causes drowsiness but not dependency, so it’s used by people worried about the side-effects of conventional sleeping tablets.”
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Don’t feel low or depress
Dr Wendy Holden, a consultant rheumatologist and medical adviser for Arthritis Action said:
“Staying positive on a bad day by knowing the pain will settle, and using simple pain-management techniques, including relax