Drug Management For Chronic Pain Can Affect a Person's Mental Health


Chronic pain management often consist of a protocol of "drug management". Many adverse effects result from not monitoring how the drugs affect the patient.

Chronic pain complaints can be low back pain, sciatica, RSD, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis pain and psychogenic pain (pain not resulting from any past disease or injury). The essence of the diagnosis is to treat the patient as best since since the symptom has now become the diagnosis.

Without the treating physician is well versed in treating chronic pain patients one of the most used methodologies for treatment is simply to prescribe pharmaceutical products and anticipate positive results. The training of most physicians is to take acute pain situations such as muscle sprains, strains, bruises, broken bones, post surgical pain and prescribe anti-inflammatories, anti-histamines, and pain medications until the underlying pain problem heals or the disease process is over. The normal process of dealing with pain is the pain is caused by disease or injury and is residual to the disease / injury. The pain is a necessary and wanted symptom to alert the patient to the injury or sign of disease.

Patients that repeatedly present with pain complaints are often treated initially as acute pain patients anticipating the above treatment protocol will work. When it does not work then the physician prescribes more pain medications, elevates the narcotic level, increases the dosage, or uses combinations of medications to make the patient comfortable. Often what is not being monitored is how the medications are affecting the patient's mental health.

Does the patient become agitated or is quickly upset? Is the patient sleeping for longer time periods and wakes up tired or lethargic? Does the patient show a change of personality and becomes less trusting and defensive? Is the patient showing signs of depression?

It is common for patient behavior to change and often not due to the under diagnosis of pain, but to the drug treatment regimen which is compounding the total issues adversely affecting the patient.

The chronic pain patient has a layering of pain issues that stand on their own merit and need to be understood as what they are, the layers of being in chronic pain. Pain medications are certainly one set of tools to be used but they must be used with extreme caution to the overall health of the chronic pain patient.


Source by Bob G Johnson

Related Posts

Pet Hamster Care - Are You Up to the Challenge?

Essential Eye Health Foods For Better Eyesight

[ad_1] In many ways the saying by Hippocrates is true today: "Let thy food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food." This principle can be applied to…

Read more
Dwarf Hamster Care - A Pocket Pet For You?

What Are the Serving Sizes on Keurig Coffee Makers?

[ad_1] While different models of Keurig coffee makers will have different options for cup sizes, they all have one thing in common–the buttons you press to brew a cup of…

Read more
Dwarf Hamster Care - A Pocket Pet For You?

Singing Tips and Techniques – Drop Your Adam’s Apple and Extend Your High Singing Range

[ad_1] The “Adam’s Apple” is the container of the vocal cords. When we swallow it moves up to the top of the throat in order to help keep food or…

Read more
Dwarf Hamster Health and Breeding Tips

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Being Wealthy and Successful

[ad_1] As far as I know, almost everyone wants to become wealthy and successful. Being wealthy and successful allows you to lead a comfortable life, buy anything you want to…

Read more
Dwarf Hamster Health and Breeding Tips

9 Obstacles That Keep You From Achieving Your Goals

[ad_1] While you may have spent a lot of time working on your goals for the next year, there are plenty of things that are going to get in your…

Read more
Dwarf Hamster Care - A Pocket Pet For You?

Prostate Massage – How Much is Enough? How Much is Too Much?

[ad_1] Prostate massage is without a doubt one of the most powerful tools for healing a sick and painful prostate. It's not because of the massage itself. It is because…

Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *