Pain management

Managing chronic pain may be the first step to an easier, more comfortable lifestyle

Living with chronic pain can be debilitating and emotionally difficult. Managing chronic pain may be the first step to an easier, more comfortable lifestyle, but how do you start?

Pain thresholds vary from one person to the next, but chronic pain is not something which can be easily overlooked. Even a visit to your doctor may not be enough to get your pain under control.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain and are not sure where to turn next, you can contact the Australian Pain Management Association, which has branches in each state and territory and can help you find a solution, or offer support.

To find out more, visit Painmanagement.org.au





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    Young Simmo
    23rd Jul 2013
    12:00pm
    I can see any one of 3 different doctors at our medical Centre, and I have been through the same exercise with each one. I am a retired Mine Manager and naturally thought that Doctors would be smarter than me regarding medical things. WRONG. Each one of them said, you have been taking Oxy Contin (Opioids) for 2 1/2 years now and you really should start reducing your use of them as they are bad for you. In each case I said look, I am 73 years old and lived 30 years longer than my Father and will probably die in the next 12 hours to 12 years. The Oxy Contin make an enormous difference to my quality of life and make life worth living. I then said, are you saying it would be better for me to live in pain? The 3 Doctors said OK, I can see where you are coming from, and they have stopped hammering me with their rubbish. I did wean myself off them for about 12 days, and didn't have any side effects at all, so there is a lot of Bu**sh*t floating about regarding Opium based medicine. I have a pill cutter and took 3 quarters of a tablet for 5 days. Then half a tablet for 5 days. Then a quarter of a tablet for 5 days and no dramas.
    Angel
    23rd Jul 2013
    1:38pm
    I agree with most of your comments, good luck to you in the future, we are ultimately in charge of our own health, I have been suffering with pain and discomfort for about 15 yrs I was finally offered an endoscopy and you guessed it! I have an enormous tutor in my duodenum I am now waiting for biopsy results and hoping with every fibre of my body that it's benign, please please let this not be the end for me.
    Angel
    23rd Jul 2013
    1:39pm
    tumour
    Young Simmo
    23rd Jul 2013
    1:47pm
    Angel, I wish you the best possible result with all my heart. With the pain thing do as I did and spell it out to your Doctor, and if your Doctor gives you a hard time, say I thought it was a doctors duty to give their patients the best possible quality of life. Then say, are you telling me I have to live in pain because your can not see through a stupid argument. It may sound like a difficult thing to say to your Doctor. But if you silently rehearse it to yourself well before hand and think of your Doctor as a neighbour and not a God, you can put him or her on the spot.
    Ritza
    24th Jul 2013
    10:46am
    Angel hope and pray that it is not serious .. and take Young Simmo's advice ( never thought I would say that!) the doctor is there to help YOU!
    Young Simmo
    24th Jul 2013
    10:51am
    Ritza, you are a good Judge.


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