Dealing With Neuromuscular and Joint Pain
Chronic pain in any form is devastating for the sufferer; you may feel as if you can never get relief, and it may interfere with your everyday activities and even your ability to work. In some cases you may not be able to pinpoint the exact cause of the pain which makes it even more devastating and difficult, as this is the first step to dealing with it permanently and effectively.
Nerve pain, joint pain, and chronic pain in your muscles can be especially debilitating. You need virtually every muscle for every movement; your back muscles support you when you sit or stand, and even when you move your arms. Nerves are all connected so that pain in one area of the body can cause pain in virtually every other area. If you have joint pain, you may not be able to walk easily or use your hands freely.
There are some effective ways of dealing with neuromuscular and joint pain and for getting permanent relief. Consider the following.
Getting a Diagnosis
You may not have been able to get a diagnosis for your pain, but there are new testing methods and new understandings of various conditions every year. Keep a diary of the pain and note its symptoms as well as your diet and physical activity. Do some research on your own about conditions like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome and note if you have similar symptoms, then discuss these with your doctor. You might also note if the pain is concentrated on one area of the body or if it seems to spread along a certain limb.
Doctors can prescribe painkillers for chronic pain and these can provide a tremendous amount of relief. Cortisone injections can also be used at the site of the pain and these help to numb the nerves affected and encourage the muscle and tendons to repair themselves. Your doctor may also prescribe a round of physical therapy to help you work the joints and encourage blood circulation, and to strengthen the muscles for added support. If you have chronic pain in any area of the body, talk to your doctor about options rather than assuming you just need to live with this condition.
There is much you can do at home to treat your pain and to alleviate it to a certain extent. There are also things you may want to avoid to keep in check when you have chronic pain.
Your weight is important to consider when you have chronic pain. The more you weigh, the harder your muscles need to work to support your body. There is also more pressure on your joints when you are overweight. As an example, when you walk up stairs your knees lift three times your body weight because of the strength they need to push you upwards. For every ten pounds you’re overweight, that’s thirty extra pounds your knees are carrying upstairs. If you’re fifty pounds overweight, your knees are carrying 150 extra pounds, or the equivalent of another human being every time you walk up stairs! You may be sensitive about your weight but if you have muscle or joint pain, you need to get serious about trimming down.
Massage is good for muscle pain, and a good masseuse can work with you on problem areas. If you have knee or lower back problems, discuss these with a massage therapist that specializes in sports injuries or joint pain. They will give you a massage that does more than relax you, but that also encourages healing in these areas.
Physical movement may seem impossible when you’re in pain but in many cases it’s needed to keep you limber especially for muscle and joint pain. Stretching routines like yoga can loosen and limber your joints and encourage good blood circulation in the system. This can speed up healing and alleviate pain. Walking is good for arthritic pain, as is using an elliptical machine.
Other simple ways to alleviate pain include hot baths and hot showers, warm oils, and arthritis rubs readily available at your local pharmacy. These can all provide temporary relief for any muscle and joint pain you have.